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Merritt Couple Wins Life-Changing $25.9 Million Lotto Max Jackpot


Congratulations George and Rowena!

It was a normal trip to the corner store for some cranberry juice and a chocolate bar, but for Merritt’s George M. and his wife Rowena I., it turned into a life-changing pit stop. While at the Courtesy Corner Market in Merritt, George purchased a Lotto Max ticket and matched all seven numbers in the Lotto Max Draw held Friday, February 22, 2019 to win the $25.9 million jackpot.

“This win comes at a perfect time as I was just thinking there’s no way I can do my job for another 20 years,” said George. “It’s really physically demanding. I’ve let work know I can stay on until they find a replacement.”

Rowena is still in shock. “We had one drink and then went home and I called my mother first,” she said. “She dropped the phone!”

B.C.’s newest multi-millionaires have already purchased a new Ford F350 and a new Ford Mustang Shelby is also on the way. After buying a few more toys, the couple plans on fixing up its house and helping out friends and family.

“We will have a big barbecue with family,” added George. “We also run a baseball team at home so I think brand new jerseys are in store for everyone.”

Added Rowena, “Absolutely amazing. Best six dollars we ever spent. I’m still waiting to wake up.”

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Lotto Max, Canada’s biggest lottery game, will soon have lottery players dreaming even bigger. Beginning May 11, 2019, customers will be able to play Lotto Max every Tuesday in addition to the regular Friday draw. The new second draw every week means lottery players will see jackpots grow more quickly than ever before.

And for the first time ever in Lotto Max history, the main jackpot will be able to grow as high as $70 million – an amount no Canadian lottery has ever reached before.

Lotto Max can be played at all lottery retail locations and online at, with tickets available until 7:30 p.m. (PDT) on draw day (Friday). Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online at Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! App here.