BC couple found winning lotto ticket during moving day shuffle

'Moving day miracle'

Robert Walters and Lois Gueret had a scratch & win lottery ticket worth $500,000 in their possession for over a week and didn’t even know. 

The couple from Agassiz recently downsized to a motorhome in Chilliwack and, at some point during the move, the unscratched Celebrate 2020 ticket was shuffled from a drawer to a box, which was supposed to be headed for storage. 

“Robert found the unscratched ticket and handed it to me, and it easily could’ve ended up in storage and gone expired,” said Lois, who scratched the winning ticket. “It’s a moving day miracle that it didn’t.”

Robert bought the ticket in late January in Agassiz. 

“I asked the store clerk what the latest tickets were, because I like to play new ones,” he said. “He pointed to the Celebrate 2020 tickets and it just caught my eye … After this, I’ll be going back to give him a little bonus.”

Despite their recent downsize to a motorhome, Walters and Gueret admit the $500,000 win means they could be on the move again soon – potentially to a house in the Fraser Valley.

“We’ll be paying off some debt, but definitely we’ll be considering a move again, this time somewhere with land,” added Robert.

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