Christmas Eve Surprise Nets Langley Resident an Extra $500,000

February 08, 2022

Steve P., $500K, Lotto Max Extra

Langley’s Steve Preston enjoys catch-and-release fishing and recently caught a whopping $500,000 playing the Extra from the December 24, 2021 Lotto Max draw.

“I scanned the ticket in the machine at the store and then the retailer checked it,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it – I was in shock!”

Preston wasn’t the only person who felt stunned when he saw all of the zeros; he said his children and colleagues were also shocked when he shared his holiday-prize news.

To celebrate, he treated his family to a New Year’s Eve prime rib and lobster dinner. 

“It feels so amazing…like pins and needles,” Preston recalled. 

The first item on his dream list is to plan a fishing vacation, and next, he’ll pay off his mortgage. He said he also plans on gifting some of his prize to his children.

“Absolutely life-changing,” he said. “I am very excited.”

Preston purchased his ticket at the Douglas Park Market and checked it there as well.

In 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $42 million in winnings from the Extra and more than $262 million from Lotto Max. Anyone can win and #YouCouldBeNext. Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at Lotto Max is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays after 7:30 p.m. (PST). 

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