Nanaimo Woman Blown Away by $500,000 Lotto Max Win


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Nanaimo’s Debra Allen knew immediately what her first purchase was going to be upon realizing she’d won $500,000 playing Lotto Max: a luxury “Supersonic” hair dryer. Even though she says her wish might surprise her friends and family since she has short hair, it’s no matter; she’s had her eye on the premium hair dryer for quite some time.

“I’m going to call my hairdresser right away and order one,” Allen said with a giggle.

Allen purchased her ticket at Super Save Gas on Bowen Road in Nanaimo and scanned her ticket during a coffee break at work. Her coworkers were the first to learn about her big win.

“They all started jumping up and down,” she recalled. “I guess I was in shock because my face was just blank.”

Since travelling isn’t possible right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Allen said that in addition to the hair dryer, she will invest the win in her upcoming retirement with her spouse. She has also been perusing the RV market since camping on Vancouver Island is one of her favourite pastimes.

“I always dreamed of winning,” Allen said. “It is really hard to fathom that it’s real.”

Allen was one of two ticket-holders in B.C. to match the third set of seven numbers among 13 Maxmillions prizes from the July 28, 2020 Lotto Max draw. Mary Clark from Maple Ridge also matched 3 5 10 34 36 38 43. Allen claimed her prize using BCLC’s temporary alternate prize-claim process.

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Lotto Max is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays after 7:30 p.m. (PST). Players can purchase tickets at lottery retailers or at Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online at Players can also check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices on 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