April 10, 2012 19:37 ET

Foursome Scores Lotto Max Hole-In-One

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 10, 2012) - It's a hole-in-one for four pro-golf enthusiasts after winning Friday's $30 Million LOTTO MAX jackpot.

Ian McMurtrie, Wayne Miller, Tom Moryson and Joe Scully, who work together in Langley, have been buying their Lotto Max together for a couple of years.

McMurtrie caught the winning numbers while making breakfast and watching the Saturday morning news: "My wife had a look on her face and she said somebody in Abbotsford had won the Lotto Max."

The winning lucky Quick Pick ticket was purchased at the Otter Co-op in Abbotsford.

After checking their numbers several times in disbelief, the couple began screaming and collapsed on the floor. McMurtrie then signed all four winners' names on the back of the ticket and started calling his friends with the exciting news.

Scully says he thought his friend was playing a joke: "I thought it's the Master's weekend and they're probably trying to get me to come over and watch golf and have a few beers, so I hung up the phone." After seeing an e-mail copy of the winning ticket, the reality of the situation finally sank in: "I always had this conviction that I was never going to win on my own, but I had a feeling I would win with these guys."

First on the agenda for the self-professed "golf fanatics" is a trip to Pebble Beach and St Andrews for some quality time on the links. The foursome also hopes to plan a trip to Augusta for next year's Masters Tournament to celebrate the one-year anniversary of becoming multi-millionaires.

McMurtrie summed up their new reality by referring to a BCLC ad featuring four friends fly fishing: "I just saw that commercial again this morning and thought 'that's just like us'- only we'll be golfing!"

Friday's draw also saw winning tickets for $141,026 sold in Vernon and in Comox.

LOTTO MAX can be played at all lottery retail locations and online at PlayNow.com, with tickets available until 6:00 p.m. (PDT) on draw day (Friday). Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online at bclc.com.

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 click the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Millionaires.pdf.

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