Photo Courtesy of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation
Last week proved to be an unforgettable experience for one Ping Kuen Shum, from Vancouver. Mr Ping claims that his fortune is ‘unbelievable' in its scale. We can understand the sentiment, given that the Canadian man won C$2 million on his birthday, which also happened to be the day he retired! Lady Fortune must've been in a good mood that day, that's for sure.
It's been a great year for Canadian lotteries in general so far. One Canadian teen won $1000 every week for life in March, and 31 workers hit the jackpot in February. Looks like the wins keep rolling in – especially for Ping Kuen Shum. Could it be a lucky streak for the whole of Canada?
If so, you could be next up in our stories about inspiring lotto wins!
How it Happened
Mr Ping bought his ticket on 28 April with high hopes. After all, the man was celebrating both his birthday and also his retirement on the same day. It was already a happy time for him, sans million dollar victory. Imagine when, that very self-same evening, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation confirmed that he was the holder of the winning ticket.
Mr Ping managed to land all the 6 numbers on a ticket. His winning numbers were: 09, 12, 13, 18, 21 and 29. These numbers spell out one key word: jackpot! The BCLC calculates that the odds of hitting all six numbers is about 1 in 13,983,816. Maybe it wasn't just Lady Fortune smiling down on him that day. All the stars must've been in alignment too.
Whatever the case, Ping Kuen Shum has quite literally struck gold.
The BBC reported that Mr Ping celebrated this fantastic win by having a dim sum meal with his closest family and friends. The Vancouver local commented:
It's unbelievable that all three events happened on the same day
I have worked hard for so many years and I'm looking forward to sharing this fortune with my family.
It's definitely the perfect way to end a long career of hard work: a C$2,000,000 tip. Mr Ping is already planning a vacation to China using his new-found riches. After all, he now has all the time in the world and also all the comforts that come with millions.
Good luck to Mr Ping and best of wishes for his trip to China!
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