It Takes Two: Burnaby Couple Looks Twice Before Seeing ‘Extra’ $500,000 Win

February 08, 2022

Burnaby Winner's

Inderjit Purewal would be forgiven for booking an appointment for her husband Balbinder to get his eyes checked after he missed a few zeroes while checking their June 15, 2021 Lotto Max ticket. 

“We were at home and my wife told me to check the ticket,” Balbinder recalled. “I went to the store…and thought we only won $500. A while later my wife checked it and realized that we won $500,000.”

The Burnaby retirees purchased their ticket at the Cascades Husky gas station on Canada Way and checked it later on at Superstore.

“So far, we’ve only told our son,” Balbinder said. “He said we deserve it!”

While they’ve kept their news low key, they’ve started planning a family celebration once everyone feels safe enough to enjoy a larger gathering. In addition, they plan on paying off their mortgage and saving for a future trip. 

On how they’re feeling now about their ‘Extra’-big win?

“Happy! We feel good,” Balbinder said.

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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