Mission's Catherine Webb won $3.5 million from Lotto 6/49.

Mission woman wins $3.5 million on Lotto 6/49

Catherine Webb said she was in shock when she realized she had the winning ticket in her hand.

Mission’s Catherine Webb has plenty of reasons to be excited – 3.5 million of them actually.

The 65-year-old Mission resident is the latest winner of a Lotto 6/49 jackpot and was in the BC Lottery Corporation’s head office in Richmond on Tuesday to claim her $3.5 million prize.

It’s been a week of shock and numbness since she won the July 13 draw and she said she still hasn’t decided what to do with her new found riches.

“We’re going to help some family members and the rest is going in the bank. We haven’t decided what we are going to do yet,” she said in a phone interview with the Record.

Webb is not a regular player of Lotto 6/49, but she does buy a ticket every few weeks. On Thursday, July 14, the day after the draw, she decided to check her numbers on the computer.

Her husband had just walked out of the house, and Webb grabbed a cup of coffee and her ticket.

“I sat down at the computer and I looked at the first number, then the second one, then the third one. By the time I got to the fourth one I started the ‘Oh My Gods’ and I think I said Oh My God about 20 times and I actually started to shake.”

She called her husband who was only five minutes away and told him he had to come home now. Then hung up on him.

“He came home thinking something awful had happened.”

She got her husband to confirm, the numbers to make sure she wasn’t mistaken

“All he said was ‘right on.’”

While the reality of becoming instant millionaires was beginning to sink in, the couple remained calm.

“We’re not celebrators, we’re kind of laid back people but it was shock. I haven’t slept a full night since. All these thoughts go through your head.”

Webb said it’s a great time to win this much money. She is retired and her husband was in the process of retiring. They both have their health and time to enjoy it.

And while they now have the cheque in hand, it’s all still a little unbelievable.

“You never really, truly believe you are going to win big. I never truly believed I’d ever win more than $20. When it happens, shock does set in. You do shake and you do shiver,” she said.

“I’m hoping when I get it in the bank today, I can sleep tonight.”

This marks the second big win from Mission in as many weeks. Last week, Mission’s Philip Barkley won $675,000 playing a Set for Life scratch ticket.