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Family of Canada Day Lotto millionaire thought he was joking

Surinderpal Gill has been playing the lottery since he came to Canada 26 years ago
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Surinderpal Gill has been playing the lottery since he came to Canada 26 years ago. Photo submitted

Surinderpal Gill has been playing the lottery since he came to Canada 26 years ago, and after winning Lotto 6/49’s $1 million Guaranteed Prize on Canada Day this year, he’ll always have fond memories about July 1.

Gill won the million on Canada’s birthday after purchasing his ticket at the Chevron Town Pantry on 58 Avenue in Surrey.

He says when he initially checked his ticket, he wasn’t quite convinced he was a big winner.

“I checked at the self-checker,” said Gill. “I told my son, and then I had to go to another gas station to make sure it was correct. After I told my wife, they both thought I was joking and didn’t believe me.”

Gill says the $1 million means he can take a step back from work.

“It’ll be nice to not have to work so hard,” laughed Gill. “I’ll still continue to … I want to start my own business.”

On top of starting a new business, Gill will put some of his money towards the new house that he’s building, so the timing of the win is perfect.

So far in 2020, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $73 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49.

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