“My Head is Just Blank”: Surrey Resident Scores $500,000 Lotto Max Extra Prize

July 11, 2023


More zeroes mean more excitement for Cong Pham, who mistook a comma for a decimal point when learning he’d won a $500,000 Extra prize from the June 27, 2023 Lotto Max draw. 

“I checked on the BCLC Lotto! App, and thought it was $500,” recalled Pham. “I was excited to share with my son. I thought it was only $500 and then called my son to verify it was $500,000! I thought it was a decimal point.” 

The Surrey resident doesn’t have any immediate plans to spend his winnings, but he intends on treating his family to a nice vacation. 

On how he feels about his win?  

“My head is just blank. I am very happy, grateful and blessed about the win.”

Pham purchased the winning ticket at PriceSmart Foods on Ackroyd Road in Richmond. 

So far in 2023, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $21 million in winnings from the Extra and more than $136 million from Lotto Max. Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. The Extra is a $1 add on game available to purchase with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, BC/49 and Lotto Max at any BCLC lottery retailer or at

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