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Burnaby couple played same lottery numbers for 36 years and hits $6M jackpot

"We got lucky that day."
Lana and Joery Leung of Burnaby are $6 million richer after winning the Lotto 6/49 draw on March 16, 2022.

A Burnaby couple's persistence of 36 years finally paid off. 

Lana and Joery Leung are the latest winners of Lotto 6/49 and winning $6 million for the March 16 draw. 

They purchased their tickets at Lucky Mart on Nanaimo and East 7th in Vancouver, where they have been buying their tickets from for years. 

"We got lucky that day," Lana said during a news conference. 

The couple has played the same numbers during the past 36 years, which are birthdays in their family. They found out they won when their son had seen the winning numbers and asked if they'd bought tickets. 

“He found out someone from Vancouver won on Instagram, a few days after the draw," Lana said. 

“He saw that they were our numbers, and he texted my husband to ask if he bought tickets for that draw.”

Their son then came and asked them in person after his text message went unanswered. 

“He was mad and asked Joery while he was watching TV in bed," Lana explained.

“When we scanned the ticket and saw the $6-million on the phone, we all started screaming and crying.”

The Leung's say they were planning on buying a new house before winning the lottery but now have changed their minds about leaving.

“We can’t move now, because this is the house that we won the Lotto 6/49 jackpot in!”

A news release says Lana plans to quit one of her two jobs while Joery will continue to work before they retire early. They also plan on buying their son a car and paying off their daughter's mortgage.