“She Didn’t Believe Me!”: New Westminster Resident Wins $1 Million From Lotto Max

October 05, 2022


Danil Banilevici’s wife went from concerned to thrilled after receiving a surprise call at work which delivered the news of a $1-million Maxmillions prize from the September 23, 2022, Lotto Max draw.

“I stopped for gas and checked my ticket at an Esso in New Westminster when I found out I won. I scanned the ticket on the self-scanner and thought I was dreaming,” recalled Banilevici. 

The New Westminster resident went inside his car after scanning his ticket to call his wife to share the news of his win. It’s unusual for Banilevici to call his wife at work, so she originally thought he was calling to tell her he got a speeding ticket. 

“I was most excited to share the news with my wife. I told her I have to tell her something – I won the lottery! She didn’t believe me when I told her I won $1 million.”  

Banilevici plans to take his family on vacation to a tropical destination to celebrate and hopes to purchase a home.  

On how it feels to win $1 million?

“I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel relaxed, at ease.” 

Banilevici purchased his ticket at the Shell Select gas station on 200 Street and 86 Avenue in Langley. 

So far in 2022, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $134 million from Lotto Max. Lotto Max is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays after 7:30 p.m. (PST). 

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