African Safari Adventure for Vancouver Resident After Winning $1 Million from Lotto Max

August 09, 2023


As a retiree, Diana Braathen thought she was having an ordinary day, relaxing in her living room — that is, until she learned she won a $1-million Maxmillions prize from the July 25, 2023 Lotto Max draw.  

“I checked the numbers [of my ticket] online,” recalled Braathen. “The first thing that crossed my mind was, ‘is this right?’”

The Vancouver resident was most excited to share the news of her win with her husband, but only after she double-checked her ticket by downloading the BCLC Lotto! App on her phone. 

Braathen plans to purchase a new car and is excited for more travel — specifically, an African safari adventure. 

On how it feels to win the lottery? 

“Unbelievable. This will make our retirement plans easier.”

Braathen purchased the winning ticket at the Shell station on Oak Street and King Edward Avenue in Vancouver. 

So far in 2023, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $182 million in winnings from Lotto Max.

The largest lottery prize ever won in B.C. was a $70 million Lotto Max jackpot, won in September 2021. 

Lotto Max is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays after 7:30 p.m. (PT). Players can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer 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.

BCLC offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians. Remember, play for fun, not to make money. For more information, visit