A "happy mistake" quickly turned into a big payday — and an upcoming special occasion — for a group of Coquitlam nurses.
Adriana Miklosikova says she and her 14 colleagues are going to treat themselves to a nice dinner after recently winning more than $256,000 from the Lotto Max draw back on June 14.
However, the local resident said, when she first read the total, she thought the group had won only three figures instead of six.
"I was at home, preparing my breakfast after finishing my work out," Miklosikova explains in a news release from the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC).
"I scanned the ticket and thought it was $256, but then noticed the comma. I scanned it a few more times on the BCLC Lotto! app and realized it was $256,000."
In fact, the total read exactly $256,051.80.
Miklosikova says her coworkers had been pooling funds to play the lottery together for the last two years.
Needless to say, she believes the hard work has finally paid off.
- 11, 17, 18, 25, 36, 41, 50 and 34 (bonus)
BCLC says the group lotto victory also serves as a reminder to take all steps necessary to avoid misunderstandings when playing with more than one person.
Like Miklosikova, the corporation recommends appointing a "captain" to coordinate funds for the ticket and to track results and group earnings.
"When a ticket is purchased in a retail location, the group captain should print their name on the front or back, along with the words 'In Trust' to indicate the ticket belongs to a group," BCLC's release adds.