Winners

Union Bay Electrician Gets Shocking Surprise After $500K Extra Win

20/01/2020

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Rod Bitten has been hard at work with home renovations, which is partly why he recently signed up for a PlayNow.com account so he wouldn’t miss a draw with a lottery subscription. It’s a decision that led Bitten to win an ‘Extra’ $500,000 in the Lotto Max draw on January 15, 2021.

“I usually buy them at a retailer,” said Bitten. “But we’ve been doing renovations on the house and so it’s possible without the subscription that I never would have bought a ticket for that day.”

The day after the draw, Bitten received a notification e-mail from PlayNow that he had won a prize, but didn’t find out until later in the evening just how much it was.

“I was sitting down for dinner and thought I’d check. When I saw my account balance had $500,000 extra in it, I couldn’t believe it. My wife was there with me and said she wasn’t going to believe it until I phoned BCLC.”

Once it was confirmed, Bitten says he and his wife started hugging and crying.

“We were just so overwhelmed with joy. The first thing we said was that we would no longer have to worry about our mortgage,” said Bitten. “$500,000 is an absolute game changer, and for us to say we own our home now… It’s just amazing.”

In 2020, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $32 million in prize-winning, Extra tickets. 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 PlayNow.com

Through PlayNow.com, BCLC offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians. Remember, play for fun, not to make money. For more information, visit GameSense.com.