Bowmanville couple on “cloud nine” after $2.5 million lotto win


Published February 16, 2023 at 12:57 pm

Lottery winners Ken and Debbie Skitch of Bowmanville

Forty years of using their childrens’ birthdays as lottery numbers finally paid off for a Bowmanville couple who cashed in a ticket worth $2.5 million from the December 31 LOTTO 6/49 Classic Jackpot draw.

Debby and Ken Skitch can certainly “find their possible” after their big win, one of two tickets to share the $5 million top prize.

The couple plan to retire with their new-found windfall. “We have been feeling like we’re on vacation since we won. However, the vacation can continue since we can officially retire,” enthused Debbie, who said they were on “cloud nine.”

Ken, who said they always use birthdays and birth months of their kids for the numbers, discovered their lottery luck New Year’s Day when they sat down together to check the ticket. “I heard the winning jingle and thought we won a free ticket at first. When I looked closer and noticed it was really a $2.5 million win, I showed Debby. We were shocked!”

Debby and Ken both plan on putting their win toward retirement.

LOTTO 6/49 offers players a chance to win two multi-million dollar jackpots every Wednesday and Saturday: the Classic Draw offers a fixed $5 million jackpot for every draw, while the Gold Ball Draw guarantees a $1 million prize plus a growing jackpot that starts at $10 million and can exceed $60 million.

The winning ticket was purchased at Daisy on King Street in Bowmanville.

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