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Richmond lottery winner's "impossible" dream comes true

Richmond resident Zhi Shen has won $1 million on the 6/49 draw last month
Richmond resident Zhi Shen has won $1 million

For Richmond resident Zhi Shen, winning the lottery seemed “impossible.”

So much so, that when Shen checked his 6/49 ticket at home last month, he simply couldn’t believe he had won $1 million on the guaranteed prize draw.

He had earlier bought the ticket at the Price Smart Foods on Ackroyd Road.

“I got home and checked it on my Lotto! app…I thought it was impossible, so I called my son and asked him to come over and check,” Shen recalled.

After his son came over to celebrate, he immediately told his wife, who was equally in shock.

“Finally,” she laughed.

Shen said he really enjoys the community aspect of playing the lottery and said he always wanted to donate to charity if he won.

“If I win, it would be good, and if not, the money goes to charity. It’s a win-win.”

Shen celebrated his windfall with his family and will take some time to decide what he will do with his prize.

So far in 2021, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $98 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49.