He may well be the luckiest man in the country this week.
The BC Lottery Corporation introduced Peter Mueller as the winner of Wednesday's Lotto 6/49 jackpot. The cheque — for $20,223,182.30 — was handed over to Mueller this afternoon in Kamloops.
The winner's identity had been the source of much speculation after lottery officials announced the ticket was sold in the town of Revelstoke, which has a population of roughly 7,000.
According to the Revelstoke Times Review, Mueller is unmarried and originally from Switzerland. He was the head chef at Revelstoke's 112 Restaurant and Lounge for 30 years until his retirement five years ago.
Mueller, who bought his ticket at local retailer Malone's, says he needs some time to figure out what to do with his winnings.
"I was just shocked," says Mueller. "You know, it's something you think never happens to you. I'm going to go to Mexico in January — sit on the beach and think about it."
Mueller's $20-million jackpot isn't the largest lottery win this year in B.C. This spring a Surrey man took home nearly $37 million from a Lotto 6/49 win.