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Cash – Not Cavities – For Nanaimo Woman Who Discovered $500K Lotto Max Win While Waiting For Dentist Appointment


Gurmail Sidhu’s last trip to the dentist was filled with delight after the Nanaimo resident discovered she matched all four Extra numbers in the Lotto Max draw held on July 5, 2019 to win $500,000.

“While I was at the mall to see the dentist, I decided to check my tickets,” Sidhu explained. “I saw a lot of zeroes, and asked my son to look. I don’t have words to describe it.”

The 79-year old came to Canada about 40 years ago from India and has lived in Terrace, Surrey and now Nanaimo for the last eight months, where she is helping her daughter to raise her twins.

Sidhu said she is excited to share her winnings with her family, including her grandchildren, whom she loves to spend time with.

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British Columbians have claimed over $96 million in Lotto Max prizes so far in 2019, including a $25.9 million jackpot won in Merritt in February. Anyone can win and #youcouldbenext. Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at

Lotto Max can be purchased at all lottery retail locations and online at, with tickets available until 7:30 p.m. (PDT) on Tuesdays and Fridays. 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.

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