Lotto Max Winner In BC Thought There Was 'An Error' When She Won Big With Her Husband

They couldn't believe the amount.

Western Canada Editor
Lotto Max winners Michelle and Ben Tessarolo.

Lotto Max winners Michelle and Ben Tessarolo.


A Lotto Max winning couple in B.C. gets to celebrate their 20th anniversary in style, after taking home the $1 million Maxmillions prize from the October 21, 2022 Lotto Max draw.

At first, Michelle and Ben Tessarolo thought it was a big mistake. Michelle said that when she checked the Lotto! app, and saw that they had won big, she thought that there "must have been an error."

They picked up the winning lottery ticket at the Circle K on 152 St. in Surrey, but they were at home when they checked it.

The couple was watching TV when they discovered the exciting news, and then went and double-checked the lottery number online, to make sure it was real.

Now that the good news has sunk in, they are planning an Alaskan cruise as an anniversary celebration. They also want to buy "a lakeside home in the interior to enjoy the outdoors after they retire," BCLC said.

The couple said that they are thrilled about the win.

"It will better prepare us for retirement and allow us to have some savings," they added.

BCLC said that in 2022 so far, "B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $159 million from Lotto Max," which "is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays after 7:30 p.m. (PST)."

Recently a Lotto Max winner in B.C. told his wife about the news, but she thought that it was all a big joke at first. Now the winner is going to use some of the money to help pay for his children's education.

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, refer to these helplines across Canada. Support is available.

Morgan Leet
Western Canada Editor
Morgan Leet is the Western Canada Editor for Narcity Canada's Western Desk focused on interprovincial travel, and is based in Vancouver.
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