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Flush with success: Yellowknifer's $21,000 poker ticket

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A Western Canada Lottery Corporation handout image of Yellowknife Poker Lotto winner Ian Whitford
A Western Canada Lottery Corporation handout image of Yellowknife Poker Lotto winner Ian Whitford.

A Yellowknife man has eyes on a new motorbike after scooping more than $21,000 on a lottery poker play.

Ian Whitford picked up a Poker Lotto ticket from the Reddi Mart at Yellowknife's Byrne Road on June 14.

His ticket revealed a straight flush – a poker term for five cards of the same suit, in sequence – which won both an immediate $1,000 prize and a larger $20,640.40 "all in" jackpot.

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“I watched the hands being played on the screen,” he said. “I was happy when the straight flush came up, but
was shocked to see I also won the all in prize.

“I’m going to look into buying myself a motorbike," Whitford told the Western Canada Lottery Corporation, which published his win in a news release on Friday.

Whitford is the second NWT resident in a month to win more than $20,000 in similar fashion.

In July, Hay River resident Frederick Carlson picked up $25,000 on a scratch 'n win card.

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