Buy Dinner, Win $500,000: Coquitlam Woman Wins Big Playing Lotto Max

August 24, 2021

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Coquitlam’s Astar Henry was on a quest to buy dinner for her family and decided to buy a ticket for the June 22, 2021 Lotto Max draw on impulse. That decision proved to be one that would change her life.

Henry’s ticket – along with another Lotto Max ticket purchased in Victoria – had won a $1 million Maxmillions prize, giving her a whopping $500,000.

“When the jackpot is big, I like to buy a ticket,” says Henry. “On this evening I was out buying dinner and grabbed one on impulse.”

Henry was cooking dinner with her family when she scanned her ticket on the BCLC Lotto! app.

“I checked it on my phone because I heard that someone in Coquitlam had won. When I saw the $500,000 number, I was in shock, thinking ‘am I seeing what I think I’m seeing’ so I had my kids come and check with me.”

After checking many times, Henry was feeling the shock and excitement at the huge win. She says the prize means being able to put together an education fund for her family.

“It’s unbelievable, and incredibly amazing. I still have trouble believing it’s real.”

So far in 2021, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $115 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