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"I'm retiring!" British Columbia man scores whopping $24 million Lotto jackpot

Jun 4, 2020, 7:24 am

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Massive win right before bedtime is a dream-come-true

By Kate Northrop

Last Wednesday, Ronald 'Ron' Cumiskey, 60, nearly forgot to check his Lotto 6/49 ticket right before bed. Instead, the trivial decision to check his numbers at the last minute probably kept him up all night, as he had learned he had the jackpot-winning ticket worth an enormous $24,369,459 (US$18 million).

After 30 years of faithfully playing the lottery, Cumiskey had to check the date and compare the results to his ticket multiple times until he could fathom the win. "I checked it two, three, four times before it finally sank in," he said. "It's the dream you never think is going to come true.

The big winner first told his roommate and girlfriend of the astounding news. He also called up his boss of 20 years to deliver an important message.

"Frank — I'm retiring! You know that winner in Aldergrove? That's me!"

At some point in the future, Cumiskey plans on using his winnings to visit Pearl Harbor and the East Coast of Canada. More importantly, he said, he wants to prioritize his loved ones and close friends first.

"I want to spend it helping the people that are close to me and have been there for me through my life."

Some of his other plans included purchasing a lakefront home, buying a brand-new car, helping his family financially, and of course, going for a few rounds of golf. He anticipates that his newfound earnings won't stop him from continuing to play the lottery.

The winning numbers for the May 27, 2020 Lotto 6/49 draw game are 7, 17, 18, 22, 28, and 34, with Bonus number 1. Cumiskey beat the 1 in 13,983,816 odds to become the sole winner of the $24 million lottery prize by matching the main six draw numbers he chose at random. He claimed his jackpot prize through British Columbia Lottery Corporation's alternate prize claim process while prize payout offices are temporarily closed to the public.

The jackpot win marks the third British Columbia resident to win the Lotto 6/49 jackpot this year. Saeid Ebrahimi of Burnaby and Tibor Tusnady of White Rock won $5 million in March and $16 million in April playing the game, respectively.

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Party Congrats to the Winner! Party

A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

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    Party Congrats to the Winner! Party

    I Agree!😏 I hope he still has friends after the money has been spent Skeptical

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      PERFECT !!!!!  Just Perfect

      Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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        I Agree!😏 I hope he still has friends after the money has been spent Skeptical

        One benefit I have is that I don't have very many real friends. Maybe one or two. My wife, she has quite a few. If I won, we would have to have a serious conversation about keeping secrets. LOL.

        CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

        A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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          One benefit I have is that I don't have very many real friends. Maybe one or two. My wife, she has quite a few. If I won, we would have to have a serious conversation about keeping secrets. LOL.

          Haha

          LOL

          Information lock down!

          I feel like I would be in the same position myself - would need to drive the point home how its just the best course of action.

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            Haha

            LOL

            Information lock down!

            I feel like I would be in the same position myself - would need to drive the point home how its just the best course of action.

            12 Questions to Help Folks Decipher Between Friends vs Acquaintances:

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            A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

            Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

            Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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              Oh come on hearsetax; she'd tell all on a gal's night out!

               

              Is that news conference mandatory in Canada?   

              In any case, congratulations on your big, tax free win.

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                How lovely!  Congratulations to the winner!

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                  Retiring at 60 with $24 million Canadian. There are so many just like him hoping to hit.

                   I hope that  he enjoys Oahu and all of Hawaii. 

                   British Columbia on the West Coast of North America has been lucky three times for Canadians who play there.

                  Cool

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                    Congratulation to Ronald Cumiskey on winning the jackpot in the British Columbia Lottery
                    Lotto 6/49 game. Telling his boss I'm retiring sound great. I wish him the best of luck.
                                                    PartyWTG !!!
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                      Oh come on hearsetax; she'd tell all on a gal's night out!

                       

                      Is that news conference mandatory in Canada?   

                      In any case, congratulations on your big, tax free win.

                      Generally speaking.. yes

                      https://consumers.findlaw.ca/article/can-lottery-winners-remain-anonymous/

                      "Every provincial lottery corporation in Canada requires winners to participate in a publicity photo shoot showing their face, their name and their municipality."

                      but there can be exceptions...