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Kamloops couple in shock after $500,000 LOTTO MAX win


Jessica Sandry is glad she reminded her boyfriend, Michael Ellis, to buy a LOTTO MAX ticket when he passed through Kelowna for work. The reminder paid off to the tune of $500,000 in the March 18, 2016 LOTTO MAX draw. The couple shares their Maxmillion prize with one other winning ticket.

Sandry and Ellis only recently started playing the lottery and they can’t believe they have already won big.

“I’m shocked we won because this is only the tenth ticket I have ever bought,” exclaimed Ellis.

As for how they will spend their winnings, the Kamloops couple is focused on investing in their family’s future.

“We don’t plan on buying anything right now,” smiled Sandry. “We’re going to pay off our mortgage and invest some of the money.”

The winning ticket was purchased at the Kelowna Husky Market.

Did you know that gaming revenue helps pay for playground infrastructure? The City of Kamloops is making sure its youngest generation plays safely by using a portion of its share of provincial gaming revenue generated at Lake City Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops to fund construction and maintenance of local playgrounds. When you play with BCLC you Play it Forward.

BCLC offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians. Remember, play for fun, not to make money. For more information visit

Lotto Max can be played at all lottery retail locations and online at, with tickets available until 7:30 p.m. (PT) on draw day (Friday).

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