A Sparwood B.C. couple is ecstatic after making a last minute LOTTO MAX ticket purchase Friday night.
Diana and Lee Anderson are now $500,000 richer, thanks to their winning share of a $1 million MAXMILLION prize.
“I decided to pick up a ticket at the last minute,” said Diana. “The next morning, when I was checking the numbers (online), I noticed that there were two draws for the MAXMILLION that had been won in the Kootenays.”
When she saw that all of the numbers on her ticket matched the draw results, she couldn’t believe it. “I was so excited! I burst into tears and had to get my daughter to double check for me.”
With her husband away at work, Diana called her parents. “No one would believe me that we’d won the lottery. My mom picked me up to take me to check our ticket, as I was too excited to drive. When I checked the ticket it came up with: ‘It’s a Winner! $500,000!’”
After that, Diana quickly phoned her husband, Lee, at his workplace, a local coal mine.
“When I found out, I wasn’t sure if it was true or if someone was playing a joke on me,” says Lee. “I was a bit nervous about the phone call because I rarely get calls at work.turns out it was great news!”
The Andersons, thrilled with their win, have yet to make any plans on how to spend the money. They say they need a bit more time to let the big win sink in.
The winning ticket was purchased at the Express Mart in Sparwood, B.C.
Twenty-four MAXMILLIONS were won across the country on Friday, including five in B.C. Tickets sold in Fort St. John and Aldergrove won a MAXMILLION prize of $1 million each, while tickets sold in Kamloops and the Kootenays each split a MAXMILLION with winners elsewhere in the country. A fifth winning ticket, also sold in the Kootenays, is worth $333,333, with the MAXMILLION being split three ways.
There was no winner for the LOTTO MAX jackpot, so Canadians will have another chance at $50 million next week plus 50 MAXMILLIONS.