Keith Heinonen jumped up from his seat when he realized he won a shared Maxmillions prize of $500,000 from the September 27, 2022, Lotto Max draw, with another winner in the Okanagan.
“I was at home and when I checked the Lotto! app, it didn’t register at first,” recalled Heinonen. “I thought ‘is it real?’ and jumped up and thought I had to tell some people.”
The Langley resident called his dad first to share news of his win, and then his best friend when his dad didn’t answer.
“I called my dad first, but he didn’t answer, so I called my best friend and told him I had to go over to his house to tell him something. There were high-fives involved.”
Heinonen is excited to purchase a new car and have more financial freedom.
On how it feels to win?
“Surreal! It feels great – I am going to be smart with the money.”
Heinonen purchased his winning ticket the Circle-K on 200 Street in Langley.
So far in 2022, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $137 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 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.
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