Eiko Yamase likes to watch Netflix and YouTube in her free time at home, but instead of watching her favourite show, the Richmond mom recently saw her screen light up with $1,000,000 after checking her ticket online to realize she had won a $1 million Maxmillions prize from the June 18, 2021 Lotto Max draw.
“I didn’t know what to do,” Yamase recalled. “I couldn’t believe it at first…for the whole day I had to make sure my ticket had matched the number.”
Yamase eventually called BCLC and confirmed that the winning numbers she saw were correct, and she wasn’t watching a movie. Next, she called her husband to tell him about her life-changing news.
“He couldn’t believe it. He was excited and congratulated me.”
Yamase said she usually likes to play the lottery when the jackpots are “higher” and caught jackpot fever in June, when Lotto Max offered players the chance to play for four record-breaking draws. She plans to use her prize to visit Canada’s Maritime provinces, and also contribute to her children’s education.
“It has been my dream since coming to Canada to visit out east,” she said. “I would love the opportunity to travel to Toronto, Halifax or even PEI.”
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 www.playnow.com/lottery/winners/you-could-be-next.
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. Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online at www.bclc.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! app here.