January 04, 2011 19:56 ET

BCLC: Family Man Plans To Share Christmas Jackpot

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2011) - Santa Claus was good to Jon Scholten this Christmas – very good.

The 72-year-old Pitt Meadows man matched all six numbers on the December 25 Lotto 6/49 draw to win the $3.2 Million jackpot.

"My daughter was hosting Christmas dinner this year and called to ask me if I could pick her up a cooking pan," said Scholten as he received his cheque at BCLC's Vancouver office. "Along the way I stopped for gas and that's when I bought the ticket."

Scholten checked his numbers on Boxing Day, but instead of telling his family – which includes a wife, six children and seven grandchildren – of his big win, he slid the ticket under a rug and said nothing for three days.

"I kept checking the numbers over and over," said the retired construction worker. "I think I just needed some time to let it sink in. It won't change me. I already have everything I need. I have a good wife, a nice home and a good life, so I will simply enjoy sharing this money with my family."

Scholten purchased his lucky ticket at Petro Canada on Prairie Avenue in Port Coquitlam.

Lotto 6/49 is the nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 6 p.m. (PST). Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com.

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BCLC is a provincial Crown Corporation that offers socially responsible gaming entertainment while generating income that benefits all British Columbians.

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