Lotto Max Player Celebrates Saying ‘Yes’ for the First Time - and Winning $500,000


John I Lotto Max Winner

Peace River Regional District resident John Inkster says he’ll make a habit of saying ‘Yes’ more often after saying ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the first time ever and winning $500,000 in the February 7, 2020 Lotto Max Extra draw.

Inkster picked up a $30 Weekly Pack at the Dawson Co-Op Bar, a change from his routine.

“Normally I buy (tickets) for one draw, but I didn’t know if I would make the next draw, so I decided to buy a weekly pack,” he said from BCLC’s Kamloops prize payout office.

The $30 Weekly Pack includes tickets to one week’s worth of draws for Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, BC/49 and Daily Grand games, and the Extras.

Inkster, who sells heavy-duty parts, says the win may allow him to retire earlier than expected, but the first bucket-list item for him and his wife is paying off their mortgage.

“I’m starting to get excited,” he said, “it’s starting to feel real.”

Did you know? In 2019, B.C. lottery players claimed a record-breaking $792 million in winnings, with over $231 million from Lotto Max prizes. Anyone can win and #youcouldbenext. Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at

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 Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online at Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! App here.

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