Longtime Richmond Retailer Rakes in $60,000: B.C.’s Largest Ever Seller's Prize


Verna Holmes

BCLC has awarded its largest-ever seller’s prize to a Richmond retailer who sold the winning $60-million Lotto Max ticket for the July 26, 2019 draw.

Verna Holmes, who has partnered with BCLC to sell lottery products for more than 35 years at her Seafair Smoke & Mixer in Richmond, received $60,000 under BCLC’s seller’s prize program. Designed to engage retailers in the excitement of lottery winners, the program awards retailers who sell a wining ticket with a prize of over $10,000 with a percentage of the prize paid (which varies depending the total prize paid).

“We love to share in the excitement that comes along with not only winning the lottery – but also selling the winning ticket,” said Kevin Gass, Vice President, Lottery Gaming. “Our valued retail partners provide a critical role in supporting our players’ experiences and delivering sustained revenue to the Province of B.C., and I couldn’t be more proud to present the largest-ever seller’s prize in B.C. to Verna Holmes, a true pioneer of lottery in B.C.”

Holmes, who first started selling lottery in 1984, said that the $60,000 prize will support her family to live more comfortably. She also plans on taking her staff out for a nice dinner.

“It was an awesome feeling being told we were the retailer that sold the winning ticket. It was exciting, and I’m still over the moon,” said Holmes. “We’ve become very busy lately, and our customers have been congratulating us ever since!”

More than 3,500 convenience stores, grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, pubs and shopping-mall kiosks sell BCLC lottery products across B.C. Retailers enter into Lottery Retailer Agreements with BCLC that set out roles, responsibilities and compensation, including the seller’s prize program.

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