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Kamloops man wins $500,000 in Lotto Max draw

A Kamloops man won a cool half-million dollars in the last Lotto Max draw.

John George, a 65-year-old heavy equipment operator, was feeling under the weather and headed to the drug store when he remembered he had some lottery tickets.

“When the pot gets high, I jump in,” George said. “I remembered that my wife had mentioned there was a big winner in Kamloops, so I made sure to check my lottery tickets.”

After first checking a non-winning ticket, George placed his Lotto Max ticket in the Check-a-Ticket machine.

“I put my ticket in and saw the $500,000 come up on screen,” he said. “I checked it again just to make sure and then took it to the cashier.”

The winning ticket was purchased at the Petro-Canada gas station on Yellowhead Highway.

“My wife didn’t believe me when I told her we had won a half-a-million dollars,” George said. “I had to show her both the slips before she believed me.”

A total of 24 Maxmillions (individual $1-million prizes) were won across Canada in the Friday, Oct. 26, draw. Tickets sold in Fort St. John and Aldergrove were worth $1 million each, while tickets sold in Kamloops and the Kootenays split the million dollars.

A fifth winning ticket, also sold in the Kootenays, is worth $333,333, with the million-dollar prize being split three ways.

There was no winner in the last Lotto Max jackpot, so the Friday, Nov. 2, draw will again feature $100 million in prize money— a jackpot of $50 million and 50 draws for $1 million each.

Lotto Max can be played at all lottery retail locations and online here, with tickets available until 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.

Winning numbers can be found online here.

 

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