VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2012) - Terrace resident, Bob Erb, was seeing zeros when he checked his LOTTO MAX ticket on November 9 - six zeros to be exact.
Erb held the winning ticket that split the $50 million LOTTO MAX jackpot on the November 2 draw.
"I turned around and around and said to myself 'It can't be $25,000, there are too many zeros'," he said. "I put it in again to see if something will go wrong and, holy, it said $25 million!"
The 60-year-old seasonal construction worker says he will continue to work part-time but plans to donate his wages to local charities. "I won't be buying a home gym so I'll work for the exercise," he says.
As for his winnings, Erb says he plans to help friends and family and give money to Terrace soup kitchens, food banks, shelters and other local organizations.
Erb shared the $50 million LOTTO MAX with another winner in Alberta. In addition, three tickets sold in B.C. were among the total of 23 MAXMILLION prizes won across the country in the November 2 LOTTO MAX draw.
Two tickets sold in Kitimat and Victoria won MAXMILLION prizes of $1 million each while one ticket sold in Abbotsford split a MAXMILLION and is worth $333,333.
The jackpot on the November 9 draw wasn't won, so next Friday's LOTTO MAX jackpot is estimated to be a whopping $42 million.
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.
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