Dawson Creek group scores $500,000 lottery win

A group of 15 co-workers from Dawson Creek has some 'extra' Christmas shopping money on its hands after matching all four Extra numbers in the Daily Grand draw to win $500,000.

Stephen Gibson bought the winning ticket for the Dec. 2 draw at the Dawson Co-op, and that's where he discovered he and his work mates won.

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"The lady at the counter mentioned someone from Dawson Creek won $500,000 playing Daily Grand ... She scanned my ticket and I couldn't believe it was ours that won it," he said.

The first person Gibson called was his wife, followed by a member of his group pool.

"I told him 'you gotta get everyone at the office for the end of the day,'" said Gibson. "We all got together and my coworkers thought something was wrong... Once I told them the news, there was a lot of hugging, screaming and disbelief."

Gibson, who works as a gas fitter and was born and raised in Dawson Creek, says he plans to use his share of the $500,000 to help pay his kids' college tuition and perhaps take a winter vacation to Nashville.

"We also have our staff Christmas party coming up... I'm sure it will be an extra hurrah," said Gibson. "We've all pretty much been playing together for over 13 years and we have a pretty close group."

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