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Mickey Mouse and a New Boat in Surrey Father’s Future After $1M Lotto Max Win


Simon McNeil’s first thought when he won the lottery was one of utter disbelief, “Unreal, shocking - I won’t have to worry about the future,” said the father from Surrey, who matched all seven numbers to win $1 million in the Lotto Max Maxmillions draw on October 5, 2018.

McNeil, who purchased his winning ticket at the Real Canadian Superstore in North Delta, plays the lottery once a week whenever he stops for gas. Checking the winning ticket on a scanner at the station he thought, “Holy!’’ and signed it right away. Despite his shock, McNeil said it feels relaxing to win, “Somebody has to win, and I’ve often thought what if?”

A few plans are definitely in the works for himself and his kids…and Mickey Mouse. “I really want to take my kids to Disneyland for a super fun vacation, and after that, I might buy myself a little speedboat to play around with,” he said.

Ultimately, for McNeil, it comes down to doing the right thing and planning for the future. “I will set myself up for retirement. I really just want to be responsible with the money,” he added.

McNeil is the 30th British Columbian to win a Lotto Max Maxmillion prize in 2018. Anyone can win and #youcouldbenext. Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at

Lotto Max customers in B.C. have until 7:30 p.m. (PDT) on Friday evenings to purchase a ticket for that night’s draw. Visit or lottery retailers across B.C.

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