Fort St. John couple wins $675,000 in Set for Life lotto

Bonnie and Carl Niekamp had a lot to talk about over the campfire a few weeks ago after scoring $675,000 playing Set for Life on the way to the lake.

The two stopped in at Charlie Lake Store to pick up the Scratch & Win ticket, one of their favourite traditions, but weren’t on the road long when the camping trip took an unexpected detour after Bonnie scanned their ticket using the BCLC Lotto! app.

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“When it told me I was a winner, I asked Carl to pull over,” she said. “We were both shocked. I turned the ticket over to make sure we were playing the game right and read over the instructions.”

Carl also checked the ticket on his phone with the Lotto! app, and it was then the couple realized its win wasn’t going to be another campfire tale.

“It’s a pretty good feeling,” Carl said, with Bonnie adding, “Amazing.”

The couple, who are nearing retirement, say the winnings will allow them to travel to see children and grandchildren more frequently.

On any bucket list items they’ve ever dreamed about buying, Bonnie said, “When it really hits us, we will probably do something — which will probably be while we are camping.”

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