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Victoria woman almost forgot about $3.3 million winning ticket

Feb 18 2012
Barbara Singer after being presented with her winnings in Vancouver Friday. 

Barbara Singer after being presented with her winnings in Vancouver Friday.

Photograph by: B.C. Lottery Corp. , Feb. 18, 2012

It was a $25 scratch-and-win ticket that helped Barbara Singer become Victoria’s latest multi-millionaire.

The James Bay legal clerk bought two tickets on a whim one pay day and was so pleased at winning a $25 instant prize she pretty much forgot about her remaining chance at a much larger Lotto 6/49 jackpot.

Luckily, she remembered to at least check her 6/49 ticket when she went to a downtown Victoria convenience store to claim her $25 winnings.

When she did, 56-year-old Singer wasn’t prepared for what happened.

“All the bells and whistles went off and this big number popped up on the screen and thought, ‘Well, that’s the jackpot, not what I won,’” said Singer.

But it was all hers: $3.3 million.

“All the people there were screaming and shouting and my mind just went blank,” she said. “It’s just completely incomprehensible to see that number. I was more fixated on the $25 scratch and win because that’s more manageable.”

Singer claimed her prize money in Vancouver Friday.

She bought the winning ticket from Don’s Food Market, at Niagara and Menzies Streets in James Bay.

Singer said she intends to use part of her money to buy a condo in James Bay, where she has lived for the past 20 years. She also wants to purchase a car, take her 86-year-old father to Hawaii and go on an African safari.

For now, Singer plans to keep her job. The work routine is a much-needed dose of reality in the face of a jackpot that seems like a dream.

“One thing I’ve learned in the last two days, is that routine really keeps you grounded,” she said. “Otherwise, I feel like I would just float away.”

There may also be another millionaire in Victoria who doesn’t know it yet.

The B.C. Lottery Corporation said Friday a $1 million Lotto Max prize, sold in the Victoria area for a Jan. 27 draw, remains unclaimed.

rshaw@timescolonist.com

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