An ordinary walk in the park with his dogs turned into anything but for Vancouver’s James Russell, who matched all seven numbers in the November 1, 2019 Lotto Max draw to win the $10-million jackpot.
“I was sitting down, it was hard to believe,” Russell recalled of how he felt when he checked the winning numbers from his ticket, which he purchased after his regular walk. “I wrote them down on a piece of paper, I double and triple-checked the numbers but they didn’t change.”
As for his celebration plans, Russell said he’ll be treating a few friends to dinner who are visiting from out of town. He’s also dreaming of a trip to Ireland to ride his bike along the old railway tracks.
“It was quite a shock at first, I’m not quite used to it,” Russell said of the life-changing win. “But I imagine I will get used to it at some point.”
Russell’s win was one of two Lotto Max jackpot tickets won in B.C. last week. The other winning ticket, purchased in the Stikine region from the October 29, 2019 draw, is worth a sweet $20-million.
British Columbians have claimed more than $189 million in Lotto Max prizes so far in 2019. Anyone can win and #youcouldbenext. Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at www.playnow.com/lottery/winners/you-could-be-next.
Lotto Max is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays after 7:30 p.m. (PT). Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com. Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online at www.bclc.com.
Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! App here.