Mustapha Salmi’s stop at the Super Save gas station on No. 5 Road in Richmond left him with more than a full tank of gas.
The Vancouver resident scored $1,000 a week for 25 years playing Set for Life.
“I usually play Crossword or Bingo scratch tickets,” he said. “I saw that they had a new Set for Life ticket so I bought it. I won two free tickets and then, on the last ticket, I won.
“I couldn’t believe it.”
Salmi is a regular customer at the station where he bought and checked the ticket.
“I showed the retailer…he scanned the ticket in the machine and saw that I won. He was more excited than I was!”
Next, Salmi called BCLC to start the prize-claim process and still couldn’t believe what was unfolding.
“It happened to me? Really?” Salmi recalled saying after he found out about his win. He said his closest friend also thought he was kidding when he shared his news.
Salmi said he’ll treat his friends and family to a celebratory dinner then start planning an overseas trip to visit family.
“I wake up feeling free,” he said. “It will help me help my family.”