Tumbler Ridge resident wins largest ever Keno prize

The first earned the Tumbler Ridge welder $1,500, but the second ticket matched eight for eight numbers for another $100,000. Because Gerstel played the Keno Bonus, that prize was multiplied to $500,000.

“I remember calling BCLC to confirm that I had won,” he says. “I was so overwhelmed I couldn’t remember any of the details! I then called my kids to share the exciting news.”

Gerstel hasn’t yet decided what he will spend his winnings on, but says he will first be paying off bills before deciding on any major purchases.

His win is the largest in the province’s Keno history. The B.C.-only number matching lottery game is drawn every four minutes.

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.