Cousins from Vancouver Win $500,000 Extra Prize from Lotto 6/49

February 09, 2023


Mahmoud Hayati was ‘extra’ excited to call his two cousins right away after learning that they won the $500,000 Extra prize together from the February 1, 2023 Lotto 6/49 draw. 

“It was a routine purchase – I always dreamt of buying a new house, property, or new car, and then enjoy the rest,” said Hayati, who lives in Vancouver.

He enjoys spending time with his cousins, who were “very excited” to learn about their group win and are planning to have a special dinner together to celebrate.

On how it feels to win the lottery?

“So happy!” 

Hayati purchased and validated the group’s ticket at a lottery kiosk at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby. 

When playing the lottery with family, friends or co-workers, it’s important to take some steps that will help avoid any misunderstandings. BCLC recommends that groups appoint someone as a captain to coordinate collecting participants' money, buying the group's ticket(s), tracking group winnings and posting results.

When a ticket is purchased in a retail location, the group captain should print their name on the front or back, along with the words “In Trust” to indicate the ticket belongs to a group. 

Learn more about tips for playing the lottery as a group, and download the Group Prize Agreement Form: 

In 2022, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $45 million in winnings from the Extra and more than $113 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49. Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. The Extra is available with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at

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