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The best part of losing is reading about the winners


Richard Allen Kraeker of Victoria who matched all 7 numbers.







here was not one, not two, but three Maxmillions winning tickets sold on Vancouver Island in the Lotto Max draw held Friday October 5, 2018. The three tickets were purchased in Victoria, Ladysmith and Sidney.


The first winner to come forward is Richard Allen Kraeker of Victoria who matched all 7 numbers to win a $1 million Maxmillions prize. Kraeker will split the prize with another winning ticket purchased in Quebec and will take home $500,000.


Kraeker plans to travel more and continue an active lifestyle with his wife.


“I’m gobsmacked! I was just stunned, flabbergasted, speechless for a while and then, emotionally drained for a few hours,” says Kraeker. “I only deal with my tickets at one place and that’s Thrifty’s. I took the ticket home to show my wife and she screamed!”


Kraeker plans to travel more and continue an active lifestyle with his wife.


“We like golfing holidays. My wife and I both play golf all summer and play sports all winter.”


Kraeker says he also plans to keep playing Lotto Max which he has played since it was launched in 2009.


The Ladysmith and Sidney retailers sold the two other Maxmillions prize winning tickets, however, the winners have yet to come forward.


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Lotto Max customers in B.C. have until 7:30 p.m. (PDT) on Friday evenings to purchase a ticket for that night’s draw. Visit PlayNow.com or lottery retailers across B.C.


Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at PlayNow.com. Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS or Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! App here.


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