BC residents won over $797M playing the lottery last year

Oct 24 2019, 5:05 pm

Winning the lottery is something that most of us mere mortals dream about on a regular basis. Can you imagine how liberating it would be to see hundreds of thousands, if not millions, showing up in your checking account balance? Seriously.

The reality is that everyday people do win the lottery in BC — every day.

In 2018, lottery prizes won across BC totalled $797,295,413, and among the 89,690,425 winning tickets, 36 new millionaires were made.* We’ll let that sink in for a moment.

This year, the lottery wins are continuing, and there have already been 24 new millionaires made in BC.**

Richmond retiree Joseph K. is among them; he took home $60,000,000 playing Lotto Max. He went back to the same place where he bought the ticket the day after the draw and couldn’t fathom what he saw. “I saw the six and all of the zeros and I got right out of there,” he said. Joseph plans to travel with his family in the future.

In the same way, Vito Z. from Surrey was in a state of disbelief when his Lotto 6/49 ticket left him $7,000,001 richer. He bought the ticket for his birthday and didn’t expect to become a winner. “I went to the store to buy medicine and I didn’t have any money. I checked my ticket hoping to win even $20. When I checked it, I was in shock,” he said.

Now let’s break those numbers down.

Over the last year in BC, there have been 111 major Lotto 6/49 winners*** and 45 major Lotto Max winners,**** all of whom won at least $10,000.

Winners map/BCLC

There have also been 111 major Scratch & Win winners in BC (from August 1, 2018, to August 1, 2019), and a whopping 214 major Keno winners during the same period who took home $10,000 or more.

Victoria resident James M. was one of this year’s Keno winners who took home a $200,052 prize. He was at the store and used the lottery ticket self scanner when he realized he won. “I was at work, and it was really the best surprise ever,” he said. “I had hit a 10 times bonus on nine numbers.”

James hopes to visit the Seven Wonders of the World after a trip to Italy. “There is so much I want to see in the world.”

For more information, to hear even more inspiring lottery winner stories, and to buy lottery tickets online, visit playnow.com. Who knows who could be next?

Must be 19+ to play. If you gamble, use your GameSense.

*Stats include $1,000,000+ winners between January 1 – December 31, 2018
**Stats include $1,000,000+ winners between January 1 – September 12, 2019
***Stats include $10,000+ winners between August 22, 2018 – August 22, 2019
****Stats include $10,000+ winners between August 1, 2018 – August 1, 2019