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‘This can’t be right’: Kelowna man spends 24 hours in denial after $500K lotto win

A Kelowna man says he was in denial for a full 24 hours before it really soaked in that he had won hundreds of thousands of dollars in the lottery.

Lorne Hradecki scored $500,000 playing the Extra from the Lotto 6/49 draw on Aug. 31.

“I thought, ‘that can’t be right,’” he recalled. “I went through the whole day in disbelief!”

<who>Photo Credit: BCLC</who>Lorne Hradecki

After first checking his ticket on the BCLC lotto app, he then went to Peter’s Your Independent Grocer in Capri Centre to confirm his life-changing win.

“I took a screenshot when I got home from work to show my friend and he thought I was messing with him,” he noted. “I also told my uncle — he believed me and offered some practical advice.”

Hradecki plans to “make the most of the win” and looks forward to taking a vacation or two after buying a new car.

As for how it feels to win such a large lottery prize, he called it “fantastic” and said there are feelings of “relief” as well.

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