# A Lottery Winner In BC Said The Gas Station Employee Was 'More Excited' Than He Was

He now wakes up "feeling free."

Vancouver Editor

A man in B.C. won \$675,000 playing the lottery and is still in disbelief over it.

Mustapha Salmi lives in Vancouver and decided on a whim to buy a Set for Life ticket, instead of his regular crossword or bingo scratch tickets.

Lucky that he did, because he happened to choose the winning ticket, landing him a big sum of money.

According to a BCLC press release, he bought the ticket at a Super Save gas station in Richmond, where he frequently goes.

He checked the ticket at that gas station and said in the release: "I showed the retailer…he scanned the ticket in the machine and saw that I won. He was more excited than I was!”

After he found out that he won big, he called BCLC to claim his prize.

It still hadn't sunk in though, as Salmi recalled in the press release that he said, “It happened to me? Really?”

He was in total disbelief when he won, and his close friend was as well. After calling his pal, he also thought it was a joke, unable to believe the huge win.

Now that it has settled in a little bit, he has started planning how to use the money.

First and foremost, Salmi said he is going to take his loved ones for a celebratory dinner in Vancouver, and then start planning a trip overseas to visit his family.

He said in the release that he now wakes up "feeling free," and that this money will not only help him but also his family.

### Lotto Max Winning Numbers For Friday, January 14 Are In & It's A \$17 Million Jackpot

It's time to check your tickets!

If you bought a ticket or a lot of tickets for the draw on January 14, the Lotto Max winning numbers have dropped so you can check if you won anything right now.

The grand prize being offered this time is \$17 million!

## Lotto Max winning numbers for Friday, January 14

With the draw on January 14, the Lotto Max winning numbers are 2, 4, 7, 10, 14, 21 and 34. The bonus is 26.

For Encore, the winning digits are 3744971.

No winning ticket was sold for this draw, and while that means nobody won the \$17 million grand prize, it also means the jackpot will go up!

The next draw on January 18 will offer a jackpot of \$22 million.

## Lotto Max winning numbers for Tuesday, January 11

Earlier in the week, the Lotto Max winning numbers for January 11 were 1, 3, 24, 25, 27, 36 and 47 with a bonus of 12.

The Encore number was 3387076.

Nobody won the \$12 million grand prize that was available with this draw, and that's why the jackpot for the draw on January 14 was bumped up to \$17 million.

## How does Lotto Max work?

Lotto Max draws happen twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

You get three sets of numbers for every \$5 play, and each set has seven numbers from 1 to 50.

The jackpot starts at \$10 million and can get as high as \$70 million. Once the grand prize reaches \$50 million, there are also Maxmillions up for grabs, which are \$1 million prizes.

All three sets of numbers you get from a \$5 play are eligible for both the main draw and the Maxmillions draw when the jackpot reaches \$50 million.

Tickets are sold until 10:30 p.m. ET on draw nights.

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, there are resources available across Canada. Help is available.

### Ontario Lottery Winner From Brampton Won \$70M Last Month But He Won't Be Retiring

He says several people depend on him for their jobs.

An Ontario lottery winner insists he's not ready to retire despite becoming a multimillionaire last month, and his reasoning is super admirable.

According to OLG, Brampton resident Manoharan Ponnuthurai took home a whopping \$70 million after some quick pick numbers won him the Lotto Max jackpot from the December 17, 2021 draw.

Ponnuthurai, a 54-year-old family man, revealed he's been playing the lottery for 30 years after being inspired by his father's dreams to win big.

"I had many dreams about winning it 'big' one day, and a few times I came close," he said while collecting his prize at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto.

Ponnuthurai also recalled the moment he realized he'd won his life-changing fortune and how his wife and kids reacted.

"I heard on the news that someone in Brampton won \$70 million, so I started checking my numbers. One by one the numbers were matching and, by the fourth number, I knew I won something. That's when I started shaking and called my wife and children to help me check," he recalled.

"My family started hugging me, and I could feel them shaking with excitement as well. They kept saying they couldn't believe this was real. I was so blessed to have them all with me to celebrate this incredible moment," he added. "My mother, who was also with us celebrating, said that I deserved this win, and I felt so proud to hear her say that."

Despite winning more than enough money to retire without worry, Ponnuthurai, a small manufacturing company owner, said he won't abandon his employees who rely on him for their jobs.

However, he also noted that his wife is quitting her job immediately to start studying the world, which will fit nicely with the family's plans to travel.

"I want to explore Europe. I want to take time to see the entire continent and make 'friends' with all the beautiful spots around the Mediterranean Sea," Ponnuthurai said

As if all that wasn't heartwarming enough, the loving father also wants to give back to his community and is talking with his financial planner to figure out the best course of action.

### Lotto Max Winning Numbers For Tuesday, January 11 Are In & It's A \$12 Million Jackpot

Did you win anything?

It's that time again and the Lotto Max winning numbers have been revealed for the draw on January 11.

You can check your tickets now to see if you're taking home the \$12 million jackpot or even just a free play!

## Lotto Max winning numbers for Tuesday, January 11

For this draw on January 11, the Lotto Max winning numbers are 1, 3, 24, 25, 27, 36 and 47 with a bonus of 12.

Then the number to have with Encore is 3387076.

Nobody won the \$12 million grand prize being offered because no winning ticket was sold anywhere in the country this time.

That means the jackpot for the next draw later in the week on January 14 will be \$17 million!

## Lotto Max winning numbers for Friday, January 7

Previously, the winning numbers for the Lotto Max draw on January 7 were 4, 5, 31, 39, 42, 45 and 50. Then the bonus was 11.

Also, the Maxmillions winning numbers were:

• 2, 12, 17, 20, 30, 33 and 40
• 4, 14, 25, 28, 33, 34 and 41

For Encore, the number was 5227052.

The winning ticket for the massive \$50 million jackpot was sold in the Prairies but neither of the two Maxmillions were won.

## How does Lotto Max work?

Lotto Max draws happen twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

You get three sets of numbers for every \$5 play, and each set has seven numbers from 1 to 50.

The jackpot starts at \$10 million and can get as high as \$70 million. Once the grand prize reaches \$50 million, there are also Maxmillions up for grabs, which are \$1 million prizes.

All three sets of numbers you get from a \$5 play are eligible for both the main draw and the Maxmillions draw when the jackpot reaches \$50 million.

Tickets are sold until 10:30 p.m. ET on draw nights.

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, there are resources available across Canada. Help is available.

### Lotto Winners In BC Were 'Dancing Around The Kitchen' After They Won On Their Anniversary

That's a wedding anniversary you'll not forget!

A married couple in B.C. said they started dancing around the kitchen after they found out they had become lottery-winning millionaires.

Arthur and Margaret Lyon, from Surrey, were celebrating their wedding anniversary when they received an extra slice of good news — they were \$1 million richer after the Lotto 6/49 draw.

Their win came from the Guaranteed Prize section of the Lotto 6/49 draw on November 20, 2021.

Margaret described the moment they found out as "unbelievable, surreal, amazing."

Arthur added: "We were all dancing in the kitchen... we found out that we had won on our anniversary. We could not believe that it had actually happened."

Arthur and Margaret bought their winning ticket at the Nesters Market on 108 Avenue in Surrey but it was their daughter who helped them realize they had won after she scanned their ticket using the Lotto app.

The couple say they plan to spend their winnings on a lifelong dream — to travel on a cruise around the world.

They have previously cruised in Italy and Russia and, according to the B.C. Lottery Corporation, they can’t wait to get back on board for a much longer adventure.

Lottery winners across B.C. won an incredible \$891 million in 2021. The province's biggest winner was Christine Lauzon, from Burnaby, who won \$70 million on a Lotto Max draw in September, even though she only went to the shop to buy peanuts.