News Bulletin manager a Lotto 6/49 winner

The office manager at the Nanaimo News Bulletin has been the talk of the town.

The office manager at the Nanaimo News Bulletin has been the talk of the town.

Wendy Garside and her husband Jim are Nanaimo’s big $500,000 winners after saying ‘yes’ to the Extra. Garside matched four-out-of-four numbers to win the top prize on the Aug. 3 Extra draw but didn’t check the ticket until a week later.

“I had gone into Rexall to purchase some hair dye,” said Garside. “When I checked the ticket, the terminal froze. I did a double take and started screaming and shaking.”

The couple have not yet decided what the money will be spent on.

“But I think a nice long family vacation is definitely in order,” she said.

Garside becomes the second of three winners to come forward to claim major prizes on the Aug. 3 lottery draw.

Another winner from Surrey claimed $240,000 after matching five-of six (plus bonus) numbers on their Lotto 6/49 ticket.

The largest prize will be awarded to a single Lotto 6/49 ticket sold in Richmond which matched all six numbers and will claim the $7 million jackpot.

A winner has not yet come forward.