The winning ticket sat in his wallet for over a month and it wasn't until Tuesday morning that a Kelowna resident found out he was a newly minted millionaire.
“I can’t believe I carried one million dollars in my wallet for a month,” laughed Steve Woloshyn. “I’m an accountant for goodness sake. I should know where my money is!”
Woloshyn moved to Kelowna last August with his wife and two children aged six and two, for the lifestyle.
While driving back to Kelowna from Vancouver in March, he stopped at the Chevron in Hope and grabbed a Lotto 6/49 ticket, put it in his wallet and forgot all about.
“This morning I was just buying some milk and opened up my wallet and decided to check my ticket and realized it was a winner,” said Woloshyn. “But I had no idea it was a million dollar winner.”
Woloshyn was in Vancouver Tuesday morning for a quick visit and was able to go to the BCLC office and pick up the cheque right away.
“I came down for a few days and just out of irony I checked the lotto ticket and it worked out really well,” said Woloshyn.
He won one of the $1 million Guaranteed Prizes from the March 22 Lotto 6/49 draw.
Woloshyn’s first phone call was to his wife at home in Kelowna. She thought he was joking until he sent through a picture of the winning ticket.
“I am still in shock, I am still in shock now, I won't believe it until I see the cheque in the bank,” laughs Woloshyn. “I called my wife and she didn't believe it either, she will be in shock until she sees the cheque too. It is just so surreal but it is happening.”
His first big purchase will be paying off his mortgage, and after that he will definitely enjoy the summer with his family.