“I Freaked Out!": Grand Forks Man Can’t Believe His Eyes after $1-Million Lotto Max Win

July 16, 2021

Grand Forks Winner

At first Colton Burwash thought his phone had a glitch after he scanned his lottery ticket on BCLC’s lotto app but “freaked out” once he discovered his cell phone was fine, and he was $1-million richer after winning a Maxmillions prize during the June 15, 2021 Lotto Max draw.

“It was a blur,” the Grand Forks resident said. “I was getting ready for work…and thought why not check my ticket. I freaked out and thought I was going crazy.”

Burwash purchased his ticket at the Christina Lake Canco and said his roommate was the first person who learned about his win; next he called his family.

“Everyone thought I was joking around,” he said. “The first few days after finding out, I felt like I would wake up and it was going to be some sort of dream.”

To celebrate, Burwash treated his roommate and their parents to dinner. He said he plans to take a bit of extra vacation time this summer and will invest a lot of his prize so he can look forward to an early retirement.

“I think this is life changing,” he said. “To me this is forever a huge change.” 

So far in 2021, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $91 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.