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B.C.'s newest millionaire retires on the spot after lotto win

“It’s the dream you never think is going to come true"
B.C.'s latest Lotto millionaire is from Aldergrove. Photo submitted

Ronald ‘Ron’ Cumiskey had the sweetest dreams of his entire life last Wednesday after realizing right before bed that he had a jackpot-winning lottery ticket worth almost $25 million.

Cumiskey was just about to turn out the light when he remembered he hadn’t checked his Lotto 6/49 ticket from last Wednesday – so he pulled out his phone and his ticket to compare the results.

“I checked it two, three, four times before it finally sank in,” said the Aldergrove man. “It’s the dream you never think is going to come true.”

After telling his roommate and his girlfriend about his ginormous jackpot win, he called his boss of more than 20 years.

“I said ‘Frank – I’m retiring! You know that (lottery) winner in Aldergrove? That’s me!’” 

Cumiskey is the third B.C. resident to win the Lotto 6/49 jackpot in 2020, and claimed his life-changing prize through BCLC’s alternate prize-claim process.

In April, White Rock’s Tibor Tusnady won $16 million and in March, Burnaby’s Saeid Ebrahimi won $5 million playing Lotto 6/49.

As for how he plans to spend his prize, Cumiskey says he’s always wanted to visit Pearl Harbor and the East Coast of Canada.

But first, his priority is to take care of the people he loves.

“I want to spend it helping the people that are close to me and have been there for me through my life,” he said.

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