June 20, 2011 11:58 ET

Vancouver Island Haida Artist 'Set for Life'

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 20, 2011) - At today's prices a trip to the gas station can empty your wallet. But thanks to a lucky Scratch & Win ticket, Shirley Poulsen literally drove away from a Petro Canada in Nanoose Bay with thousands.

"I bought a 10thAnniversarySet for Life ticket," said the 55-year-old Qualicum Beach resident. "When I scratched it I saw three 'CASH' symbols and I said to my friend, 'I think I won something'."

'Something' in Shirley's case turned out to be the game's top prize of $1,000 a week for 25 years. She has opted to take a lump sum payment of $675,000.

"This is great," said the Haida artist, who plans on giving back to her community. "This money will help me to promote the cultural work I'm currently doing, and allow me to continue volunteering my time teaching women how to create Haida art."

Poulsen is now planning a potlatch celebration complete with a feast, dancing and gifts for her family.

Set for Life is the instant Scratch & Win game that offers players the chance to win a top prize of $1,000 a week for 25 years.

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