$1 million lottery winner from Cowichan planning diving adventure

Christine Forbes, from Mill Bay, has won the guaranteed $1-million prize on the Lotto 6/49 draw held on April 30.

  • May. 25, 2016 5:00 a.m.

Christine Forbes, from Mill Bay, has won the guaranteed $1-million prize on the Lotto 6/49 draw held on April 30.

Forbes, a veterinarian by trade, said she didn’t know how to react when she saw the “$1,000,000” flash on the lottery-validation terminal at Mill Bay’s Peninsula Co-op.

“People at the store stopped to look at me,” Forbes remembered.

“I was trying to be cool, but was also very embarrassed.”

Forbes said the lottery win didn’t feel real at first, but it’s slowly sinking in for her.

“It definitely feels real now that I have the cheque,” she said.

“But I still had to text my son a picture of the validation slip before he believed me.”

Forbes said she plans to put some of the money toward her retirement and to go on diving adventures.

“My husband and I love diving,” she said.

“We plan to travel more and discover diving spots around the world.”