What a great story (slash I’m so mad I didn’t buy a ticket)! A gay couple from right here in Vancouver won the biggest lottery in British Columbia history – $50 million! Kurt Blanchette-Ebert, 63 years old, and his partner Claude, 52 years old, are now Canada’s newest millionaires, having just won the Lotto Max jackpot prize in on Friday. On Monday, Kurt quit his job at the small bakery he worked at, while Claude, who worked as an upholsterer, also quit. Duh.
“I put the ticket in the machine and it said $50 million,” Kurt told the press at the BC Lottery Corporation’s office in Richmond, B.C. “The first thing I said was ‘holy s—!’”. I can’t even imagine what that must of felt like. How would you even be able to sleep!
The story is even better because the two of them are celebrating their 30th anniversary in December – how amazing is that!! They’ve never been on vacation together and are thinking of going to Monaco for their first (and certainly not their last)
They got their lucky Quick Pick ticket at Mac’s Convenience Store at Broadway and Hemlock, matching 7/7 numbers. The odds are one in 28.6 Million. Wow. The previous B.C. jackpot record was held by Derek & Frances Bird of Surrey, who won $25 Million on a LOTTO MAX draw last February. Now the record has doubled!
“We are not extravagant but we need new cars and we’ll probably buy a new house,” Kurt Blanchette-Ebert said.
CONGRATULATIONS YOU TWO!!!
This story makes me a little emotional. Half of it is me being happy for this sweet couple that have been together for 30 years…and half of it is the little green monster wishing that I could have such luck!