“I Have to Wake up my Wife!”: Lake Country Man Surprises Wife with News of $500K Lottery Win

August 18, 2022

Lake Country winner

William McKay’s wife won’t soon forget the wake-up call she received from her husband on August 6, 2022 — the surprise that he was $500,000 richer after scoring a Lotto Max Extra win from the August 5, 2022 draw.

“I was sitting in my den checking the numbers from the night before on,” he recalled. “My first thought was, ‘I have to wake up my wife!’”

The Lake Country resident, who purchased his ticket from Save-On-Foods on Main Street, immediately woke up his wife to tell her the exciting news.

“Surprise! She thought I was joking with her.”

McKay celebrated his big win over a nice dinner with family and says his first purchase will be an electric car. 

In addition to the car, McKay looks forward to continuing to enjoy his retirement, only now with an extra half a million in the bank, which he describes as “wonderful.” 

“This win gives us a bit more variety and fun with our retirement and will let us travel more,” he added.

So far in 2022, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $29 million in winnings from the Extra and more than $110 million from Lotto Max. 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

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