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Record-setting $891 million paid to lottery winners across BC

Kootenay region lottery highlights had $23 million in prizes paid to players.

It was a record-setting year for lottery players in British Columbia, with more than $891 million in total prizes paid out, including $23 million to players who purchased winning tickets in the Kootenay region.

BCLC sold more than 102 million winning tickets to players at retail locations and online in 2021, which was also a record-breaking total amount.

Burnaby’s Christine Lauzon purchased one of these tickets and scored the $70 million Lotto Max jackpot on September 28, 2021, becoming the largest single-prize winner in British Columbia’s history.

“As 2021 wraps up, we’re celebrating all of our players and so many amazing, life-changing dreams that came true for lottery winners,” said Lynda Cavanaugh, BCLC’s Interim President and CEO.

“It’s thanks to each one of our players that BCLC generates revenue for the Province of B.C., which in turn invests it back into the communities where our players live and work in. It’s a win-win-win, and today we’re celebrating the 3.8 million winning tickets sold in the Kootenay region in 2021.”

Kootenay region lottery highlights:

  • $23 million in prizes paid to players
  • 3.8 million winning tickets sold
  • 4 grand prize-winning tickets sold, valued at $500,000 or more
  • 680,780 free-play tickets won

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