Whistler Bound: Maple Ridge Friends Plan Celebratory Trip After Winning $500K from Lotto Max

October 18, 2022

Maple Ridge Winner

Justin Connie’s regular morning routine turned into anything but after realizing he and two friends won $500,000 from the September 27, 2022, Lotto Max draw.

“I was in my bedroom about to get ready for work when I found out,” recalled Connie. “I just thought about calling my friends right away to celebrate our win.” 

The Maple Ridge resident checked the winning ticket on BCLC’s Lotto! App and had his friend double-check the numbers online to ensure it was real. 

Apart from celebrating with a trip to Whistler, the group of three friends is thankful to have the extra financial security. 

Connie purchased the winning ticket at the Mobil gas station on Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows. 

On how it feels to win? 

“It just feels like a huge weight off our shoulders.”  

When playing the lottery with family, friends or co-workers, it’s important to take some steps that will help avoid any misunderstandings. BCLC recommends that groups appoint someone as a captain to coordinate collecting participants' money, buying the group's ticket(s), tracking group winnings and posting results.

When a ticket is purchased in a retail location, the group captain should print their name on the front or back, along with the words “In Trust” to indicate the ticket belongs to a group. 

Learn more about tips for playing the lottery as a group, and download the Group Prize Agreement Form: 

So far in 2022, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $141 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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