Aloha! A Family Trip to Hawaii for New Westminster $500,000 Lotto Max Winner

June 27, 2022

New Westminster Winner

Sunshine and palm trees is the plan for New Westminster’s Ahmet Aktas after winning $500,000 from the Lotto Max draw on June 21, 2022. 

“I was home and checked my ticket on my BCLC Lotto! app and almost blacked out. I told my wife and she thought I was joking until she saw the scanner on my phone,” said Aktas.  

Thanks to his winnings, Aktas plans to purchase a more comfortable home and travel with his family

“Winning is just really exciting. We hope to travel more with the kids, we’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii as we’ve never been.” 

The New Westminster resident purchased the winning ticket at the Circle K on Scott Road in Surrey.  

When asked on how it feels to win the lottery? 

“I feel like my whole chest is going to pop. I didn’t know what ecstatic felt like but now I do!”

So far in 2022, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $51 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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