BC lighthouse keeper wins $1M lotto jackpot

Lighthouse to rich house

Ivan Dubinsky is set to let his career go dark after winning the lottery.

Dubinsky has been a lighthouse keeper for more than 20 years, but says he will call it a career after matching all 10 numbers in the Nov. 27 Lotto 649 draw to win the $1 million guaranteed prize.

For Dubinsky, it’s a career that is also a full-time lifestyle of looking after a lighthouse near Port Hardy, sending critical weather reports to aircraft and ships.

Dubinsky purchases his lottery tickets on PlayNow.com.

“It’s difficult to buy lottery tickets when you’re at the lighthouse all the time,” he said. “You have to be granted leave, and there’s not too many lighthouse keepers available these days.”

Dubinsky found out he won the life-changing prize via an email notification from PlayNow.com.

“When I got that email, I couldn’t believe my eyes, I wasn’t sure whether to believe it or not,” he said.

Though Dubinsky was unable to get leave from the lighthouse for two months prior to coming to BCLC’s Vancouver office to claim his prize, he now has a much more relaxing lifestyle ahead.

“I’ll slowly begin the retirement process, give some of my winnings to my brothers and sisters, and possibly buy a home in the north part of Vancouver Island,” he said.

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