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'I could barely breathe': B.C. man wins $1 million Lotto Max prize

“My dad did not believe me and asked me if I was joking,” the Lower Mainland resident said.
SANDHU, Jaspreet, $1 Million, Web
An Abbotsford resident could barely breathe after discovering he'd won the $1 million Maxmillions prize on the Lotto Max draw on June 15, 2021.

A Lower Mainland resident could barely breathe after discovering he'd won a cool $1 million on the Lotto Max draw. 

“It is very hard to put into words what my first thought was,” said Jaspreet Sandhu. “I can tell you I could barely breathe.”

The Abbotsford resident is still trying to find the words to describe his feelings after discovering he's scored the $1 million Maxmillions prize during the June 15, 2021 Lotto Max draw.

Sandhu, who purchased his ticket at the Real Canadian Superstore in Chilliwack, scanned his ticket and realized he was one of eight lucky British Columbians that won a Maxmillions prize during the record-setting draw.

After Sandhu caught his breath from the initial shock of the win, the first person he told was his dad.

“My dad did not believe me and asked me if I was joking,” he said. “When I saw (him) he hugged me tightly and said, ‘Congratulations.’ It was a very special moment.”

To celebrate, Sandhu plans to host a small family dinner of pizza, chicken and cake. His top priority for his prize is to purchase a home for his family.

“This win is going to change the way that I think,” he said. “Before, I would say no to buying things because they were too expensive, and now I have a little more freedom to say yes!”

Play for fun, not to make money

All lottery prize winners have 52 weeks from the draw date printed on their ticket to come forward to claim their prize. The specific retail location where the winning lottery ticket was purchased, and the lottery winners’ name(s) will be announced after the winner has come forward to claim their prize.

In 2020, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $105 million in winnings from Lotto 6/49 and BCLC paid out more than $691 million in lottery prizes.

Lotto 6/49 is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 7:30 p.m. (PST). 

The BCLC reminds you: "Remember, play for fun, not to make money.