“Totally Awesome” $500,000 Win for Vancouver Island Co-workers

September 23, 2021

 Deborah Banks and Dale Miller, Comox Valley, Lotto Max Extra $500,000

Comox Valley co-workers Deborah Banks and Dale Miller are sharing feelings of complete disbelief along with $500,000 after the two picked up a ticket for the August 20, 2021 Lotto Max draw and matched 4/4 numbers to win the top Extra prize.

While the two live in different cities, Banks, from Cumberland, and Miller, from Comox, they work together in Fanny Bay and purchased the ticket at the Buckley Bay Beachcomber.

Banks woke up her friend to share the good news, after scanning the ticket from home on the BCLC Lotto! app.

“My first thoughts were, ‘it's a joke, it’s too early in the morning for this,’” Miller said.

“My first thoughts were, ‘this can’t be true,’” Banks added. 

Banks said sometimes the two select numbers that are meaningful to them when they play together, but this ticket was a Quick Pick.

The friends celebrated by treating their families to dinner. They share similar dreams for their unexpected prize: paying-off their mortgages and saving for retirement. 

“Awesome! Totally awesome – still doesn’t feel real,” Miller said.

“It’s a dream come true,” Banks added.

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So far in 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $29 million in prize-winning Extra tickets and more than $160 million from Lotto Max. Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. The Extra is available with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at

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