'I couldn’t sleep that night!': B.C. woman bought winning Lotto 649 ticket while passing time waiting for tardy friend

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Trang Dang discovered she’d won the May 28 prize when she checked her Lotto app and found out the thrilling news. (BCLC)

A B.C. woman’s choice to pass the time while waiting on a tardy friend has made her a multi-millionaire.

Trang Dang of Burnaby had picked up a Lotto 649 ticket at a grocery store in New Westminster while waiting for a friend who was late to meet her for dinner. The $10.9-million draw took place on May 28.

"I was at home when I found out I won. I checked the draw results and questioned if these were the right numbers," she said in a statement. "I couldn’t sleep that night!"

Her mother, who’s a regular lotto player, was the first Trang shared the news with.

“My mom was very excited. She plays the lottery even more than me!”

She added that being a lotto winner has changed things for the best.

"It’s life-changing and has made things so much easier," she said.

She plans to spend her winnings on a new home, as well as a trip to Italy, France and Spain.

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