Fort Nelson resident celebrates $500,000 lottery win

Fort Nelson resident Kristeen Bruce is celebrating a $500,000 lottery win this week.

Bruce matched all four Extra numbers in the February 2, 2019 Lotto Max Draw.

“I was on Facebook and saw someone in Fort Nelson had won. I was reading my ticket and I couldn’t believe it,” Bruce said in a news release from the BC Lottery Corporation Tuesday.

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“I thought this isn’t real, this isn’t happening!”

Bruce bought her winning ticket at the Husky gas station in Fort Nelson, opting for the Quick Pick, as always, and saying "yes" to the Extra, according to the release.

“I remember telling the clerk to sell me a winning ticket. And here I am!” Bruce said.

The win means security for Bruce's family, though she has a few personal items she'd like to buy too.

“I kept laughing about how I need a new handbag and a new coat. I will do some traveling with my daughters - who are in disbelief as well. And I think I will treat myself to a new car.”

“This is security for my daughters’ future — we don’t have to struggle anymore,” Bruce added. “This is an opportunity to have a super happy, healthy life without stress.”

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