“Dreams are Free and Dreams Can Come True!”: Maple Ridge Man Lands $1 Million Playing Lotto Max

June 22, 2021

Maple Ridge Winner

George Bountalas’s dream-big mentality motivated him to purchase a Lotto Max ticket for the June 4, 2021 draw, and his dream came true when he scored a whopping $1-million Maxmillions prize.

“I saw the $70-million dollar jackpot and decided, why not? Let’s give this a go,” he recalled. “Dreams are free and dreams can come true!”

The Maple Ridge resident purchased his ticket from Petro Canada on Lougheed Highway and was at work when he realized his ticket was a winner, after he checked it on his phone using the Lotto! app.

“I immediately called my wife and said ‘everything is OK but I think we won a million dollars,” he recalled. “She told me to come now but I told her that I had an hour to go at work… my heart was beating and I tried my best to focus!” 

Once it’s safe to do so, Bountalas looks forward to putting his prize towards a family road trip to visit relatives in Alberta, as well as a trip to Greece. He said he will also set some aside to gift to family. 

“This will give me more choices and a little nicer hotel room (when I travel) every now and again,” he added.

On how it feels to be a millionaire, Bountalas describes his experience as “Surreal and a roller coaster of emotion…very thankful!” 

So far in 2021, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $69 million in winnings from Lotto Max. 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. (PST). Players can purchase tickets at lottery retailers 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