Lotto Max winner from BC found out he had won and his sister told him she needed a swimming pool

A BC Lotto Max winner shared the exciting news with his sister, who told him she wanted a swimming pool with his newfound fame.

Prince George’s Anthony Gartner won just over $130,000 in the Lotto Max drawing on December 3 last year.

He bought his ticket at Walmart on Southridge Avenue, but his interest was piqued when his wife told me someone had won at the Prince George.

He said: “I went to a gas station to check it, scanned it a couple of times and then took it to the clerk. He said, ‘Congratulations!’”

“I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry… I felt kind of stunned that I actually won,” he recalled his initial reaction. “Words cannot describe this feeling.”

After finding out he’d won $131,378.20, he first broke the news to his sister.

He said, “She congratulated me warmly and then said, ‘By the way, I need a swimming pool’.”

Gartner plans to use part of its price to buy his brother’s car, which has been in the family for 57 years, and possibly a new home as well.

Lottery winners in BC won a whopping $891 million in 2021.

The province’s biggest winner was Christine Lauzon of Burnaby, who won $70 million in a Lotto Max draw in September despite only going to the store to buy peanuts.

Most recently, Anne Schmiedel from Summerland won $1 million and didn’t even have to pay anything for her ticket because she used her free spin on the Lotto 6/49 drawing.

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Mike is the owner of the local pool shop. He's been in the business for over 20 years and knows everything there is to know about pools. He's always happy to help his customers with whatever they need, whether it's advice on pool maintenance or choosing the right chemicals. He's also a bit of a pool expert, and is always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who's interested.

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