A man who has been shining a light for northern Vancouver Island for more than a decade has had some bling reflected back in his direction.
Ivan Dubinsky, keeper of the Scarlett Point Lighthouse on Balaklava Island just north of Port Hardy is a millionaire thanks to the Nov. 27 Lotto 6/49 draw.
Dubinsky said in a phone interview with the VI Free Daily that he didn’t quite believe it at first when he saw that he’d won a guaranteed million dollars, “but now that I’m down here at the lotto office (in Vancouver) I’m getting a bit excited.”
Dubinsky, who has been the lighthouse keeper at Scarlett Point since around 2007, said he purchased a virtual ticket online at playnow.com and he actually matched up all ten numbers in order to win a guaranteed million dollar prize that is separate from the regular draw.
“I usually just get a quick pick, so I didn’t expect to win a big prize,” noted Dubinsky, who added that the money will come in handy because, “I’m planning to retire soon, so some of it will go to the purchase of a house and then some to my family. It’s an exciting event, once in a lifetime.”