Travel and Early Retirement: Nanaimo Man Wins $1-Million Lotto Max Prize

August 16, 2022

Nanaimo Winner

Richard Aubertin’s wife thought he was having a heart attack after she saw his reaction from winning a $1-million Lotto Max Maxmillions prize from the August 2, 2022, draw.

“She asked if I was okay because I kept saying ‘oh my god’ over and over,” explained the Nanaimo resident of the moment he found out he’d won.  

“I used the self-scanner at the counter, and the rest is history. There was lots of excitement from others in the store too.”

Nanaimo’s newest millionaire, who purchased and checked his ticket at 49th Parallel Grocery on Cedar Road, is looking forward to upgrading his home, traveling and retiring earlier than expected. 

“It’s all so sudden, overwhelming even! I’m able to relax now and retire and this also provides some security for my family.”  

So far in 2022, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $108 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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