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Smooth Ride Ahead for Smithers Lotto Max Winners


Stephen and Brenda Graf from Smithers will be riding in style after matching all seven numbers from the Lotto Max draw on September 21, 2018 to win the $1 million Maxmillion prize.  

Brenda, who owns a motorcycle shop in Smithers, purchased the winning ticket while shopping at the local Safeway. “Stephen was sick and I thought I would pick up some ingredients to make him soup,” she explained. “I saw the Lotto Max vouchers at the checkout and purchased the ticket with my groceries.”

The Grafs discovered they were winners after checking their numbers online the following day. “My first thought was: ‘Did we really win a million dollars?’ It felt like a dream,” Stephen added.

After sharing the happy news with loved ones, the Grafs flew to Vancouver to claim their prize.

The Grafs’ celebration plans include a fancy dinner and night on the town, a kitchen renovation and a trip to Hawaii. “We work together but have never vacationed together so a tropical vacation for the whole family sounds really nice right now,” Brenda said. “Renovating the kitchen and fixing up the house are a few of the things we’ll tackle after that,” Stephen added.

The Safeway in Smithers sold the winning ticket. With this win, Stephen and Brenda Graf are the 15th winners of a Lotto Max Maxmillion prize in B.C. since January 1, 2018.

Players can purchase Lotto Max tickets in the checkout lane at most grocery stores, at any BCLC lottery retailer or on until 7:30 p.m. (PDT) every Friday evening.

Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS or Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! App here

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