New Wheels for Mom after $1-Million Win for Mackenzie Resident

January 26, 2022

Mackenzie Winner

Mackenzie’s Eric West will soon gift his mom a sweet four-wheeled surprise after discovering he scored a whopping $1-million Maxmillions prize from the June 22, 2021 Lotto Max draw. 

West purchased the winning ticket from the lottery ticket kiosk at Mackenzie Mall and was visiting his mom in Hazelton when he discovered the good news on Christmas Eve.

“I thought I won $1,000 so my mom said to go scan it at a retailer,” he recalled of his reaction when he checked the ticket at her house. “I was so surprised that it was actually $1,000,000 and not $1,000!”

Naturally, his mother was the first to find out about his big win, followed by his brother who was also there.

“My mom has always helped me out so the first thing I want to do is buy her a new car,” he said of his plans for the prize. 

On how it feels to score a prize of this amount?

“You just don’t believe it. Even now it’s hard to believe,” he added. 

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). 

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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