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Couple discover 'life-changing' lottery win while doing laundry

The Port Coquitlam couple says they are so happy they can’t sleep after their big win.
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Liezl Panganiban and her husband Edgar Ebreo matched all four numbers playing the Extra on the September 26, 2020 Lotto 6/49 draw to win $500,000. Photo: BCLC

A Port Coquitlam couple say they are so happy they can’t sleep after winning big in the lottery.

Liezl Panganiban and her husband Edgar Ebreo matched all four numbers playing the Extra on the September 26, 2020 Lotto 6/49 draw to win $500,000.

The Port Coquitlam residents purchased their winning ticket at the Town Pantry on Shaughnessy Street and were at home doing laundry when Panganiban decided to check their tickets on the BCLC Lotto! app.

“I told my husband that someone had won in Port Coquitlam,” Panganiban said. “I decided to check our Mega Pack ticket and it came up as a non-winner.”

Ebreo then remembered he had another ticket for the draw and gave it to his wife to check.

“When it came up a winner we were both really excited,” said Ebreo.

“There are a lot of mixed emotions, it feels unreal,” Panganiban said, adding that they plan to help out family in the Philippines. “This is a really big, life-changing thing for us.”

“We have been saving to put a down payment on a house for a while now, this will really help with that,” Ebreo added.

The two also hope to begin yearly family trips, once it is safe to do so, and celebrate their big win during their annual Christmas party with close friends and family.

So far in 2020, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $25 million in prize-winning Extratickets.

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