Vancouver Maxmillion winner begins shopping for new car25/03/2015
While running errands, Ian Kiviaho decided to check the LOTTO MAX ticket he had been hanging on to for two months.
After validating his ticket, he saw two prizes: a Free Play and $500,000.
“I initially thought the cash prize just was an advertisement,” described Kiviaho. Lucky for him, he was wrong.
The 40-year-old Vancouver resident's ticket from the January 16, 2015 LOTTO MAX draw matched 7/7 to win $500,000 - sharing half of the $1 Million Maxmillion prize.
“I told my boss when I got back to work that I had won the lottery. He didn’t believe me,” said Kiviaho. “I showed him the ticket and the numbers, and then his smile grew.”
Once it set in that he was a winner, Kiviaho celebrated over dinner with family and friends. He says he plans on purchasing a new car and will be test driving vehicles from his dream list.
LOTTO MAX can be played at all lottery retail locations and online at PlayNow.com, with tickets available until 6 p.m. (PT) on Fridays. Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online at bclc.com.