“I Didn’t Know if I Should Laugh or Cry”: Prince George Lottery Winner Scores $131K

January 24, 2022

Prince George Winner

Anthony Gartner is feeling a rollercoaster of emotions after winning exactly $131,378.20 from the December 3, 2021 Lotto Max draw.

“I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry… I felt kind of dumb-founded that I actually won,” he recalled of his initial reaction. “Words can’t describe this feeling.”

The Prince George resident purchased the ticket from Walmart on Southridge Avenue and was at home when he found out the good news, after checking the winning numbers on

“My wife told me someone won in Prince George. I went to a gas station to check it, scanned it a few times, and then took it to the clerk. He said, ‘Congratulations!’”

Gartner first shared the news with his sister. “She gave me a big congrats and then said, ‘By the way, I need a swimming pool.’”

Gartner plans to use some of his prize to purchase his brother’s car that has been in the family for 57 years and may also purchase a new home.