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‘Extra’ unbelievable moment for $500,000 Vancouver winner


Wilermina Bandiola couldn’t believe the number she saw when she checked her Lotto Max ticket for the April 1st, 2016 draw.

“All I saw on the self-checker was a five, zero, zero, zero, zero and zero,” exclaimed Bandiola. “I didn’t know what was going on at that moment.”

Bandiola won $500,000 by saying ‘yes’ to the Extra and she remains in shock over her big win!

The first thing Bandiola will do with her winnings is plan a vacation. When she returns, she plans to share her money with her family.

“I’m going to help my sons with down payments for their apartments and I will share money with my mother to make her life better,” smiled Bandiola.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Dodi Market in Vancouver. 

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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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