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2019 a Record-Breaking Year for B.C. Lottery Winners


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From Tumbler Ridge to Richmond, Merritt to Port Alberni, BCLC paid out lottery players in B.C. with a record-breaking $785 million in winnings this year.

In addition to the highest value of prizes paid out in BCLC’s history, a second record was set in 2019 when Richmond’s Joseph Katalinic won $60 million from the July 26, 2019 Lotto Max draw – the largest single lottery prize ever awarded in B.C.

“Playing the lottery is about the chance to have life-changing dreams come true and this year’s record-breaking amount of winnings has delivered bigger dreams than ever before for our players,” said Kevin Gass, BCLC’s Vice-President of Lottery Gaming. “Our players won more than 86 million times in British Columbia in 2019 – now that’s something to celebrate.”

B.C. also had a flurry of four consecutive $1 million Guaranteed Lotto 6/49 Prize wins from November 20-30, 2019: only the second time that has ever happened in B.C.

Last year, more than $1 billion generated by BCLC gambling activities, including lottery, went back into health care, education and community groups across B.C.

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