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'This time it was me': Vancouver woman wins $1-million Lotto Max prize

“When I saw the $1 million on the screen I was shocked," said the winner.
A Vancouver woman can't find the words to describe how she feels after winning the $1-million Maxmillions prize on the June 2021 Lotto Max draw.

A Vancouver woman can't find the words to describe how she feels after winning the $1-million Maxmillions prize. 

“I can’t really describe how exciting it is to just feel comfortable,” explained the winner. “Having no worries… that is life-changing.” 

Ha Nguyen purchased the winning ticket from London Drugs on Robson Street and checked her ticket on a self-checker, explains a BCLC press release. When the Vancouverite discovered she had won the $1-million Maxmillions prize from the June 18, 2021 Lotto Max draw, she was in shock. 

"The clerk even said ‘why are you not excited?’… I didn’t want to be excited there and draw attention to myself.” 

Nguyen couldn’t wait to share the news with her son, who was in disbelief.

“He didn’t believe me… he had to check it on his phone and then he was excited for me.”

Nguyen plans to put her prize toward purchasing a condo and looks forward to enjoying the contentment of her win. “I feel comfortable, which means no worries if my children need help. I’m able to take care of it.”

“I have always said that you can’t win if you don’t have a ticket… this time it was me,” Nguyen exclaimed.

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 2021, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $107 million in winnings from Lotto Max. 

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."