British Columbia Lottery Corporation

British Columbia Lottery Corporation

March 01, 2010 17:53 ET

Surrey Couple 'In Shock' With B.C.'S Biggest Ever Jackpot Win

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - B.C.'s biggest ever lottery winners are still coming to grips with the sheer size of their record win.

Today, Derek and Frances Bird of Surrey were presented with a record $25 Million cheque at BCLC's Richmond office after the ticket they purchased for last Friday's LOTTO MAX draw matched all seven numbers drawn.

"My wife was checking our numbers on the computer when I heard her hollering 'We won!' from the other room," said Derek. "It took me about fifteen minutes just to calm her down. This is unbelievable. We're still in shock."

The two postal workers, who plan to share their winnings with their three daughters and grand-daughter, are themselves sharing a colossal $50 Million LOTTO MAX jackpot with a winning ticket sold in Quebec. The odds of any ticket winning are one in 28.6 million.

In B.C., the $25 Million prize sets a new record as the richest ever jackpot won in the province, eclipsing the old mark held by Tsering Luding of Richmond, who won a $24.6 Million Lotto Super 7 jackpot on February 11, 2005.

In addition to the $50 Million jackpot, an additional $10 Million in MAXMILLIONS were available to be won on last Friday's draw; however, with only one of the ten $1 Million prizes won, the remaining nine MAXMILLIONS have been added to this Friday's LOTTO MAX draw, which is now an estimated $19 Million.

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BCLC is a provincial Crown Corporation that offers socially responsible gaming entertainment while generating income that benefits all British Columbians. BCLC is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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