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An ‘Extra’ $500,000 Christmas gift for Maple Ridge mom


Leah Montague received an early Christmas gift after she said ‘yes’ to the Lotto Max Extra and won $500,000.

When Montague first self-checked her ticket after the November 27, 2015 draw she thought she had broken the machine. Shortly afterwards, she was even more stunned when the display screen showed $500,000.

“I couldn’t believe it,” exclaims Montague. “When I told my mom she thought something bad had happened because I couldn’t stop crying. I had to slow down and take a breath.”

With her ‘Extra’ win, the Maple Ridge resident says she is planning to take her family on a sunny and warm vacation and to complete some much needed renovations on her home. She also plans to spoil her children with more than one present under the tree this Christmas.

“I can’t grasp the reality of it – I still can’t believe it,” she says.

In the meantime, Montague will let the win sink in with a celebratory family dinner.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Safeway on the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.

There will be $95 million up for grabs in the next Lotto Max draw on December 25, 2015 with an estimated $60 million jackpot and 35 individual Maxmillion prizes of $1 million.

Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Lotto 6/49, LOTTO MAX, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at

BCLC contributed $1.25 billion to the province in B.C. in 2014/15. When you play with BCLC you Play it Forward.

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