British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

June 23, 2010 15:05 ET

Six of B.C.'S 'Lucky Seven' Now Paid

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - Just one winning ticket from B.C. remains unpaid from last Friday's record-setting LOTTO MAX draw, after two more winners came forward Tuesday to collect their jackpot prizes.

78-year-old Virginia Moeller was presented with a cheque for $500,000 at BCLC's Richmond office after the LOTTO MAX ticket she purchased at Willowbrook Mall in Langley matched 7/7 numbers on the June 18 draw. The Aldergrove resident split a $1 Million MAXMILLION prize with another winner in Ontario.

"I started to shake," said Moeller, recalling the moment she learned she had won. "I saw a five and a bunch of zeros come up on the lottery screen, and I couldn't believe it. The most I've ever won is ten dollars!"

A mother of two and grandmother of three, Moeller plans to share her winnings with her family.

Also claiming yesterday at BCLC's Kamloops office was 28-year-old Jeremy Bates. The "River City" realtor's stop for gas at the North Hills Petro Canada in Kamloops paid off, with the ticket he purchased there winning $333,333, a third share of a $1 Million MAXMILLION prize.

"My buddy heard there was a winner from Kamloops and told me to check my ticket," said Bates. "I checked the numbers and my heart started pounding. I couldn't believe it!" Bates says he plans to use some of his winnings to fly to New Zealand to watch the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Bates and Moeller bring the total number of B.C. MAXMILLION winners to claim their prize from Friday's record-setting $95 Million LOTTO MAX draw to six, leaving just one – a $500,000 ticket purchased in New Westminster – outstanding.

Monday saw four winners claim their prizes, including a $1 Million MAXMILLION winner Venancio "Benny" Lachica from Cloverdale. The 74-year-old Philippines native was followed by Victoria's Travis Schriner, the mother-daughter team of Linda Meloche (Chilliwack) and Lori Haritonis (Port Coquitlam), and Lynn Paterson of WIlliams Lake, with each taking home $333,333, a third share of a $1 Million MAXMILLION prize.

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.

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:

Virginia Moeller: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/vmoeller.JPG

Jeremiah Bates: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/jbates.JPG

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