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'Oh my, I won $500,000!' Metro Vancouver man wins top prize on Lotto Max draw

“I thought I won $500 and then checked it again later in the day to find out it was in fact $500,000!"
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A Metro Vancouver man says his father was in shock when he told him he'd won half a million dollars from the Lotto Max Draw on June 1, 2021.

A Metro Vancouver man says his father was in shock when he told him he'd won half a million dollars from the Lotto Max Draw. 

Stan Jindrak won $500,000 after matching 4/4 numbers to win the top prize playing the Extra from the June 1 Lotto Max draw; he said ‘Yes’ to the Extra when he purchased his ticket from Safeway on Fraser Highway.

But the Langley resident says his father had a hard time believing his life-changing news.

“He couldn't believe it,” Jindrak recalled. “All he could say is, ‘You're joking!’”

Jindrak’s father wasn’t the only one in disbelief. Prior to discovering the amount of his win, Jindrak had to check his ticket a few times before noticing the extra zeros. 

“I thought I won $500 and then checked it again later in the day to find out it was in fact $500,000! I was shocked and excited.”

What's next for the Langley winner?

As soon as it is safe to do so, Jindrak wants to visit family in the Czech Republic, followed by a vacation in Mexico.  

On how it feels to win, Jindrak said, “It is a great feeling. Shocking…Oh my, I won $500,000!”

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 Max is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays after 7:30 p.m.

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