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BC Lottery's Biggest Winner Overwhelmed

20 March 2003

BRITISH COLUMBIA – As reported by the Vancouver Sun: "The winner of B.C.'s biggest-ever lottery prize thought at first her eyes were failing her.

"After checking the numbers of her $16 ticket for Friday's Lotto Super 7 draw, it began to dawn on Brenda Martin of Fort Nelson that it just might be her very, very, very lucky day.

"…Then, after she realized she had won a massive lottery prize -- $17,259,170.20 – (US$11,666,492) all hell broke loose. `Everyone was running around screaming,' said the 39-year-old Martin, who picked up her cheque Tuesday at a party held for her at B.C. Lottery Corp. headquarters in Richmond.

"…Brenda, along with her husband Peter and two young children, Brandon and Kelly, were visiting relatives in Alberta over the weekend when she found out she'd won. She had picked up a printout of the winning numbers and found some time Saturday night to check her ticket.

"…Once the news had sunk in, they began making a few plans. She's buying herself a brand new SUV -- a Ford Expedition, fully loaded -- and plans to renovate their three-bedroom bungalow.

"…`It's absolutely overwhelming,' said Peter, 50, who plans to quit his job at a local mill. `It doesn't feel like reality yet. I have no idea what we'll do with it.'

"…Brenda, who also plans to quit her job at an A&W restaurant in Fort Nelson, didn't previously consider herself lucky, although she's bought lottery tickets for years…"

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