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Retired life will be ‘Extra’ special for Parksville resident


Charles Anderson has been slowly inching his way towards retirement, dreaming of a time when he could hang up his work boots. But after saying ‘Yes’ to the Extra, that dream is just around the corner.

The morning after the Lotto Max draw, Anderson went down to the store to check his ticket. Once he realized he had won big, he rushed home to share the good news with this wife.

“I had tears in my eyes, so the first thing I said was ‘it’s nothing bad’,” recalls Anderson. “Then she began jumping around the kitchen in excitement.”

Shortly afterwards, the couple shared the news with the rest of the family and close friends.

“It’s an emotional roller coaster,” says Anderson. “There are things you anticipate doing, and now we can do them.”

The Parksville resident matched all four numbers of the Lotto Max Extra draw to win the top prize of $500,000. Two other players matched all four numbers for the $500,000 Extra prize for the same draw.

Anderson says he hasn’t made any big plans for the money yet, but thinks that a winter holiday to someplace warm might be in the cards for him and his wife. For now, they will let the big win sink in and enjoy the prospect of retirement.

“I will retire in freedom,” Anderson smiles.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Ivy Green Husky in Ladysmith.

Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at  

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