Alan Barker and Kathleen Cook have been best friends for 70 years, and the lucky pair claimed their $2 million prize from the BC/49 draw earlier this month.
The friends haven’t seen each other for months, but they have enjoyed buying lottery tickets together and are hoping to reunite to celebrate their win soon, according to according to a British Columbia Lottery Corporation news release.
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They met in the 1950s in England and both later moved to Canada with their spouses.
Barker, in Courtenay, said he looked at the screen and was dumbstruck when he found out they had won.
“Even while I was walking out someone asked if it was the big winner. I still can’t believe it,” Barker said.
Cook, who lives in Langley, said she was “full of wonder and disbelief” when Barker told her the winning ticket was in his hands.
As for the future, Barker plans to donate some winnings to the local hospital for new equipment, while Cook said she will help her family members to make their lives easier and more convenient.