(Release from BCLC)

All Don Bucholtz did was slow down and recount the zeros to find out he won a life-changing prize. “At first I thought it said $50,000,” said Don. “Then I realized there was one more zero and I thought, well, that’s pretty alright!”

Don and his wife Darlene said ‘Yes’ to the Extra when they purchased a Lotto Max ticket and matched all four numbers in the December 22, 2018 draw to win the $500,000 prize.

“It’s breathtaking,” added Don, who was most excited to tell Darlene after he checked his ticket at Save-On-Foods. “I brought it to the retailer and it showed up on the big screen. I’m just happy we took the chance.”

The Surrey retirees already have plans for their house. “We will definitely be fixing up our home, and while we’ve been to many places, a little more traveling can’t hurt,” said Don.

“It’s awesome!” said Darlene. “We’ve been buying lottery tickets together since we got married.”

British Columbians collected over $153 million in Lotto Max prizes in 2018. Anyone can win and #youcouldbenext. Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at www.playnow.com/lottery/winners/you-could-be-next.

Lotto Max customers in B.C. have until 7:30 p.m. (PDT) on Friday evenings to purchase a ticket for that night’s draw. Visit PlayNow.com or lottery retailers across B.C.

Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS or Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! App here.

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