‘I was in awe’: Coquitlam man wins $1 million lottery over coffee

A Coquitlam man is $1 million richer after picking the right numbers in the Lotto 6/49 last month.

Raymond Kelderman said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he checked his guaranteed prize draw ticket at the Express News on Como Lake Avenue on Sept. 16.

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“I thought, ‘am I seeing this right?’” he said. 

After pouring himself a cup of coffee, he took a second look. 

“I was in awe,” he added. “The reality of the situation didn’t set in.”

He took a screenshot of his winning message and sent it to a friend, who initially thought he had won $100,000.

“I told her to look a little closer,” Kelderman said. “She said, ‘are you kidding?’”

He added that the win means he will get to retire earlier than planned. Kelderman also plans to travel once the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end, with Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Germany, Italy and Cuba on a list of countries he hopes to visit.

According to the BCLC, more than $86 million has been paid out to lotto winners in B.C. in the nation-wide contest.

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