Kyle Leech was barely awake when he learned he won $500,000 from a shared Maxmillions prize with another winning ticket in Quebec, from the September 27, 2022, Lotto Max draw.
“I was in my parents’ apartment in bed still, and at first, I thought the Lotto! app was glitching,” Leech recalled of the moment who learned he won. “I closed the app and re-opened it and checked it again, and then three more times before I finally believed it.”
The Vancouver resident, who purchased his ticket at the Otter Co-op Gas Bar on Mount Lehman Road in Abbotsford, was most excited to share the news with his wife.
“I was most excited to share the news with my wife but I was up a lot earlier than her, so I had to wait until she was up – I texted her to call me when she was awake!”
Leech plans to pay off his mortgage and travel more.
“My wife and I have a dog that we love to take out paddle boarding and hiking, so we’re hoping to travel more with this win.”
On how it feels to win?
“I feel super lucky and fortunate to have won at all. It will definitely take some stress off and make things easier.”
So far in 2022, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $137 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 PlayNow.com. Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online at www.bclc.com. 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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