Kimberley’s Ron Rossi wins a million dollars

Big win leads to early retirement

B.C.’s newest millionaire is none other than Ron ‘Midnight’ Rossi.

Rossi, an underground miner, won one million on the November 7, 2018 Lotto 6/49 draw.

He found out he won when checking his ticket at the Tamarack Mall, and promptly kept a promise to himself — he retired.

“I’ve been buying tickets since the lottery started,” Rossi. “I’ve always said to myself that I would retire if I won and that’s what I’ve done.”

“On the second last ticket I was checking I saw a bunch of zeros, but I didn’t see the 1 in front of them. I took it to the clerk and the sign said $1,000,004. I was in utter disbelief.”

Rossi called his wife, Christie, who almost didn’t believe it.

“I could tell by the sound of his voice that he was, in fact, telling the truth,” she told Lotteries BC. “My first thought was for him to hurry up and get home, and I told him to drive safe.”

The pair held a small celebration with a bottle of champagne on the shores of Kootenay Lake where Rossi plans on doing a lot more fishing.

His dream car is also in the works. “I’ve always wanted a 57 Chevy,” added Rossi. “Now I can retire and drive around in style. It’s so nice to have the security. It’s a happy feeling.”

Just Posted

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

West Kootenay rod and gun clubs slammed for animal-killing contests

Wildlife activists are targeting the club and two other B.C. organizations

Interior Health hospitals to serve more made in B.C. food

New initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture to serve more B.C. produced food in hospitals

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

Woman punched on the sidelines of B.C. soccer game

Both involved were watching the U21 game in West Vancouver from the sidelines when things got heated

Fraser Health under fire again for taxiing homeless man from Langley to Hope

Patient sent to Hope shelter because a spot in the man’s home community couldn’t be located

B.C. launches immunization program at schools to stamp out measles resurgence

Vaccination records to be checked at B.C. schools next fall

Couple rescued after Sea to Sky Gondola refused ride down hill

‘We were cold as hell, my lips were blue. I cried the entire way down’

Most Read