“I Couldn’t Believe It!”: Coquitlam Resident Wins $500K from Extra

June 20, 2024


Roueintan Avali stopped in his tracks when he realized he won the $500,000 Extra prize from the March 1, 2024 Lotto Max draw. 

“I was at Shoppers Drug Mart, checking my tickets,” recalled Avali of the moment he realized he won. “This was the last ticket in my pile. I couldn’t believe it, I had to check again!” 

The Coquitlam resident first shared the news with his mother. “I called her and she was shocked, I had to repeat it twice to her.”

Avali – who enjoys soccer, swimming and hiking in his spare time – is taking time to decide how to spend his winnings, but he does plan to travel. 

On how it feels to win? 

“Happy. I’m able to focus on financial security for the future.” 

Avali purchased the winning ticket at the Circle K on Hastings Street and Holdom Avenue in Burnaby. 

So far in 2024, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $18 million in winnings from the Extra and more than $54 million in winnings from Lotto Max. 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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