British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

June 24, 2010 12:41 ET

Special Delivery for Group of Lotto Winners

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2010) - A group of eleven co-workers from Richmond are celebrating their luck after striking it rich on their first attempt.

The group of FedEx employees purchased a ticket together for last Friday's record-setting LOTTO MAX draw that turned out to be a big winner, matching 7/7 numbers to collect a share of a $1 Million MAXMILLION prize. The group will take home $500,000, after a second ticket sold in Ontario matched the same seven numbers to split the $1 Million.

Spokesman, and trustee, Lawrence Leung, says the group's decision to buy a ticket for the $95 Million June 18 LOTTO MAX draw was an impulsive one, as the eleven package handlers, ranging in age from 20-49, had never played together before.

"We were all at work talking about the huge jackpot," said Leung of the $50 Million top prize and 45 additional $1 Million MAXMILLIONS up for grabs last week. "We decided to pool our money and bought $220 worth of tickets at the Starlight Casino in New Westminster. I wasn't the first to check our numbers, but when I noticed the number of missed calls on my phone I had a pretty good idea something was up."

With the group's win confirmed, all seven of the MAXMILLION winning tickets sold in B.C. have now been claimed.

Tuesday, 78-year-old Virginia Moeller of Aldergrove 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 same draw, while 28-year-old Jeremy Bates collected $333,333, a third share of a $1 Million MAXMILLION prize, in Kamloops.

Monday saw four winners claim their prizes, including $1 Million MAXMILLION winner Venancio "Benny" Lachica from Cloverdale, along with 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.

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. 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.

To view the photo of the winner (group trustee), please click on the following link:

Lawrence Leung: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/lawrence.jpg

Contact Information

  • For more information or to schedule an interview,
    please contact: BCLC
    Trevor Miller, Communications Officer
    O: 604-247-3013 / C: 604-341-0752
    tmiller@bclc.com
    www.bclc.com