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Tue Jan 21, 2020, 10:55 PM

Lighthouse keeper collects $1M lottery prize -- after waiting 2 months to get leave

A lighthouse keeper working near Port Hardy, B.C., "couldn't believe his eyes" after receiving an email he had won $1 million in B.C.'s Lotto 6/49 draw.

Ivan Dubinsky, who started his lighthouse career more than 20 years ago, read in the email that he had successfully matched all 10 numbers in the draw on Nov. 29, 2019.

Dubinsky's day-to-day job requires him to look after the lighthouse grounds and send weather reports to aircraft and marine vessels. As a result, he buys most of his lottery tickets online.

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Dubinsky had to wait two months until he was able to get leave from the lighthouse to come to the BCLC's office in Vancouver to claim his prize.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/retirement-on-the-horizon-for-b-c-lighthouse-keeper-who-won-1-million-lottery-draw-1.5434091

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Reply Lighthouse keeper collects $1M lottery prize -- after waiting 2 months to get leave (Original post)
rpannier Jan 2020 OP
irisblue Jan 2020 #1
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mitch96 Jan 2020 #3
PA Democrat Jan 2020 #4
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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 10:56 PM

1. From the article...

"Though I may still want to be a relief lighthouse keeper."

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Response to irisblue (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 10:58 PM

2. Man loves his job

Or at the very least, understands the importance of the job and how the lack of keeper's affects safety

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Response to rpannier (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 11:04 PM

3. This is interesting that they still have people in lighthouses in BC

I just saw a series on PBS about the Irish lighthouses.. All the lighthouses in Ireland are now automated and just have service personel check in to see to repairs and functionality..
Great program if you get to see it... No lottery winners over there...
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Response to mitch96 (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 11:28 PM

4. I thought the same thing. BTW, I watched that documentary series as well.

It was fascinating and I found the interviews of some of the former lighthouse keepers especially interesting.

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Response to PA Democrat (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 08:32 AM

5. Some lighhouses in Ireland have been turned into hotels

When I was in Westport the light house at the mouth of Clew Bay on Claire Island is now a hotel.
Next time I'm "over that way" I'd like to check it out... Love the west coast of Ireland.
https://www.clareislandlighthouse.com/
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