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Top Winning Lottery Moments of 2016


Every year lottery players in B.C. win hundreds of millions of dollars and 2016 proved to be no exception with $670,421,309 in prizes won and claimed in B.C. between Jan 1, 2016 and Dec 1, 2016. Watch our top winning lottery moments here.

  1. Douglas Lowes of Cranbrook. Douglas won $4.9 million on the December 17, 2016 Lotto 6/49 draw. “I was feeling good when I bought the ticket because I had just finished doing some volunteer work and I was dressed up with a Christmas tie and everything.” See full story here.
  2. Bill Laharty of Nanaimo. Bill won $21 million on the August 13, 2016 Lotto 6/49 draw. He purchased his ticket on, setting a new lottery record for the largest-ever online lottery prize won in Canada. “Ever since I discovered I won, it’s like I’ve been living in a dream. I saw this big number and had to count the zeros.” See full story here.  
  3. Linda Spruston of Burnaby. Linda won the $1 million Maxmillions prize on the August 12, 2016 Lotto Max draw. “It’s a wonderful feeling. There are times on the SkyTrain when I just want to grab somebody and tell them I’m a lottery winner!” Her husband joked that he was looking forward to buying a new pair of shoes! See full story here.
  4. Ian Hirsch of Coquitlam. Ian won $12.8 million on the June 18, 2016 Lotto 6/49 draw. “We facetimed the kids because we wanted to see their reactions and that was priceless.” See full story here.
  5. June Bergh of Kelowna. June won a whopping $50 million on the April 8, 2016 Lotto Max draw. “When I first checked my ticket, initially I thought I won $50,000 and I became dazed when I realized I was holding a $50 million ticket.” See full story here.
  6. Robert Goertzen of Kelowna. Robert won $21.9 million on the February 20, 2016 Lotto 6/49 draw. “I felt famous! Everyone in the store was coming up to congratulate me and to take a photo of me and the lottery screen!” 

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