Winners

Next Stop: $1 Million for Victoria Bus Drivers

17/08/2020

Winner holds cheque

Frederick “Nate” Green got to be the bearer of some seriously awesome news after learning that he and a group of his fellow bus drivers won a $1 million Maxmillions prize from the July 31, 2020 Lotto Max draw

Green is team ‘captain’ of a group of 10 players, nine of whom are bus drivers. He purchased the ticket at a lottery kiosk at University Heights Mall on Shelbourne Street in Victoria. After hearing that a ticket purchased in Victoria had won, Green checked the group’s ticket from his couch at home, using the BCLC Lotto! App.

“It was a really great feeling to be able to tell the guys we won—we really won,” Green said.  

Green buys the transit team Lotto Max and BC/49 tickets twice a month, always choosing Quick Pick. When he first told one of the group’s players, he said he’d never seen anyone react that way.

“He was in shock, he just kept walking around in circles,” Green said, laughing. “I think he forgot where he was.”

But the shock didn’t last long for the Victoria crew, which is planning on organizing a physically distanced celebration in the near future. Green says the group will keep playing, and he’ll keep buying for them. 

“We got our spark back now that we won,” he said. 

Lottery players who are part of a group should always appoint someone to coordinate collecting participant's money, buying the group's tickets, tracking group winnings and posting results. When purchasing as a group, it's always a good idea to have a record of which group members have contributed to the ticket purchases. BCLC has a Group Play Agreement Form on bclc.com to make it easier to manage group play. 

Did you know? So far in 2020, B.C. lottery players have claimed more than $60 million in winnings from Lotto Max. Anyone can win and #YouCouldBeNext. Watch some amazing lottery winner stories here. 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 PlayNow.com. Players can check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices online at bclc.com or the BCLC Lotto! App here.