British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

June 22, 2010 12:26 ET

Multi-Maxmillion Winners From B.C. Claim at Once

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) - With seven MAXMILLION winners from Friday's record-setting $95 Million LOTTO MAX draw hailing from British Columbia, it was only a matter of time before BCLC was besieged with winners.

A total of four winning LOTTO MAX tickets were claimed Monday between BCLC's Richmond and Kamloops prize payout offices, including a $1 Million MAXMILLION winner from Cloverdale.

Venancio "Benny" Lachica matched 7/7 numbers on a ticket he purchased in Langley to win one of 45 MAXMILLION draws on June 18.

"I always play the same numbers," said the 74-year-old Philippines native. "They're family wedding dates and birthdays. I've won before, but never this much. I'm still in shock over how many zeros appeared when I checked my ticket."

The retired ship building superintendant plans to share his winnings with his wife, Celia, and five sons.

Also claiming on Monday was 60-year-old Linda Meloche of Chilliwack and daughter Lori Haritonis, 33, of Port Coquitlam. The pair matched 7/7 to win $333,333, a third share of a $1 Million MAXMILLION prize.

"I've already told my husband he can go pick out a new truck," quipped Linda, who purchased the pair's lucky ticket at Pricesmart Foods on Yale Road in Chilliwack.

Next up was Travis Schriner of Victoria, whose winning ticket was also worth $333,333. The 29-year-old husband and father of two certainly enjoyed Father's Day on Sunday after learning of his win.

"After seeing our winning numbers in the newspaper, I took the kids with me to the local grocery store to get the ticket verified," said Travis. "We're all shocked. I don't think any of us have slept since we found out, but it feels pretty good."

Travis purchased his lucky LOTTO MAX ticket at Mayfair Shopping Centre on Douglas Street in Victoria.

Claiming $333,333 today at BCLC's Kamloops office was 52-year-old Lynn Paterson and husband Allan, 55, of Williams Lake. The couple is now planning a trip back to the Chilcotin Handi Mart on Hodgson Road in Williams Lake where they purchased their winning ticket.

"We have to go back and see the retailer," said Allan. "We need to apologize, because we always tease him about selling us non-winning tickets!"

Still unclaimed from the June 18 draw are winning MAXMILLION tickets sold in Langley ($500,000), New Westminster ($500,000) and Kamloops ($333,333).

No winning ticket was sold for the main $50 Million LOTTO MAX jackpot, which means the game's top prize has been carried over to this Friday's draw. In addition to the main jackpot, the draw will also feature an estimated 55 MAXMILLION prizes of $1 Million each, giving players 55 more opportunities to win a jackpot prize with each ticket.

If no ticket wins the $50 Million jackpot, it will again carry forward to the next draw, along with any MAXMILLIONS that are not won. However, if the $50 Million jackpot is won, any MAXMILLIONS that are not won will be added on to the next jackpot, which resets to $10 Million.

With an estimated $105 Million in total jackpot prize money to be won, this Friday's LOTTO MAX draw is set to become the largest in Canadian lottery history.

LOTTO MAX can be played at all BCLC retail locations and online at PlayNow.com. Tickets are sold until 6:00 p.m. (PDT) on draw day (Friday). Winning numbers can be found online at bclc.com following each draw.

BCLC is a provincial Crown Corporation that offers socially responsible gaming entertainment while generating income that benefits all British Columbians.

To view photos of the winners, please go to the following links:

Venancio Lachica:

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Meloche & Haritonis:

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Travis Shriner:

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Lynn Paterson:

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