A security guard at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is $1.5 million richer after winning the prize with his Lotto 6/49 ticket.
Jalil Khan, a Surrey resident, matched all six numbers on the Oct. 15 bonus draw to win. Khan checked his ticket during a break at work.
“I told my boss I had to go home,” he said. “I sat in my car checking the validation slip repeatedly. When I got home I did my very best to remain calm and tell my wife.”
Khan bought the winning ticket in Richmond at the Lottery Ticket Centre in the departure area of YVR.
In the month of October, every Lotto 6/49 draw includes a bonus for an annuity prize. The winner can choose $100,000 per year for the rest of their life, or opt for a one-time payment of $1.5 million.
“After much thought and talking it over with my wife and financial advisor, we decided on the $1.5 million,” said Khan. “It was such an exciting decision to have to make.”
Lottery players who purchase a Lotto 6/49 ticket automatically qualify for the bonus draw.
Khan said his family will now plan a vacation, pay off debt and save for their children’s education.