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Monetary 'miracle' as 2 lotto jackpots won on same day

British Columbia LotteryBritish Columbia Lottery: Monetary 'miracle' as 2 lotto jackpots won on same day

'Tis the season for giving, and the British Columbia Lottery Corp. got into the holiday spirit in a big way Tuesday, presenting checks to two separate lottery jackpot winners from B.C.

A couple from Burnaby, Daniel Fehr and Maria Linsenmeier, matched six out of six numbers in this past Saturday's Lotto 6/49 draw to win $12.6 million, while Robert Sibley of Gibsons received a check for $2 million. He matched all six numbers to win the BC/49 jackpot on the same day.

"Just two nights before, I got down on my knees and prayed for a miracle," said 43-year-old Linsenmeier, who owns a catering truck and works part time as a life coach. "With seven kids we're rich in life, but the truth is we've been struggling to make ends meet. This is an absolute blessing."

"I didn't plan on retiring until I was in my 70's," said 60-year-old Fehr, who installs siding full-time. "I used to say the lottery was my retirement plan. I never thought in a million years this would come true."

The couple plan to "pay it forward" by donating their catering truck, and look forward to building their "dream Victorian farm house" somewhere near Nelson, B.C.

Also sporting a huge smile today is 80-year-old Sibley, who says news of his winning Quick Pick ticket has spread quickly throughout his community.

"Everybody in Gibsons seems to be talking about it," said the retired Dairyland worker. "I don't know how word got out, but my phone is ringing pretty steady."

Sibley says he plans to pay off the mortgage on his home and the homes of his two sons, and is considering a trip to England this summer.

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charmed7's avatar - Lottery-013.jpg
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September 22, 2008
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Posted: December 3, 2008, 2:18 pm - IP Logged

I truly believe that everyone of us deserve a blessing(miracle).

I hope i don't miss mine.

    s5thomps's avatar - Lottery-033.jpg
    Hard Luck, Ak
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    October 13, 2005
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    Posted: December 3, 2008, 4:12 pm - IP Logged

    Here is hoping for my miracle!   Patriot

      MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

      Member #9517
      December 10, 2004
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      Posted: December 4, 2008, 12:10 pm - IP Logged

      Too bad the rest of the lottery players who pray about winning didn't pray hard enough. Their god must dislike them somehow.

        DC81's avatar - batman39
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        August 31, 2007
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        Posted: December 4, 2008, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

        Too bad the rest of the lottery players who pray about winning didn't pray hard enough. Their god must dislike them somehow.

        Pretty much...

        Now if this had been one person or even two people in the same family won two jackpots on the same day....

        You can't predict random.

          sirbrad's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
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          October 6, 2005
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          Posted: December 4, 2008, 10:25 pm - IP Logged

          No one cares about the other million who prayed and got nothing, only the one who did.

            JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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            March 23, 2004
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            Posted: December 5, 2008, 8:50 am - IP Logged

            Nice story!

            I am praying for tonights $146 Mega Millions baby!!!!!!!

              justxploring's avatar - villiarna
              Wandering Aimlessly
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              November 5, 2005
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              Posted: December 5, 2008, 3:31 pm - IP Logged

              Too bad the rest of the lottery players who pray about winning didn't pray hard enough. Their god must dislike them somehow.

              Yup!   Well, at least now he can afford to feed the 9 people in his family.  (which he apparently never thought about before)


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                Posted: December 6, 2008, 3:54 am - IP Logged

                I know the ones who are praying are not Christian.  Every true Christian knows that gambling is a sin.   We all sin(I play the lottery); however, praying to win the lottery is just stupid.

                  Bondi Junction
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                  December 24, 2007
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                  Posted: December 6, 2008, 11:45 pm - IP Logged

                  Do Canadian lottery winners not have a right to anonymity? I would like to win $12 million, but if I did, I would not be telling the world about it.

                    angel08's avatar - anglewings
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                    August 8, 2008
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                    Posted: December 7, 2008, 9:46 pm - IP Logged

                    I totally agree and I hope mine comes very, very soon. I've been praying for a financial miracle myself!