BC Lotto winner plans to pay for grandson’s education, daughter’s medical bills, and to go to Tahiti – .

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BC Lotto winner plans to pay for grandson’s education, daughter’s medical bills, and to go to Tahiti – .


VANCOUVER – A woman who found herself a million dollars richer last month has big plans for the extra cash.

Christel Keller of Hope, BC won a Maxmillions prize in the Lotto Max draw on June 18.

She said she checked her ticket at the gas station where she bought it, but didn’t look at how much she earned at the instant reader.

She handed it to the cashier, and it was then that she realized that she had just become a millionaire.

The grandmother said in a statement released by the BC Lottery Corporation that she always dreamed of winning the lottery and helping her family.

Her plans include paying for her grandson’s education without going into debt. Without further details, she added that she would also help her daughter pay for some medical treatment.

“It means I don’t have to worry about a thing anymore… and I’m going to be taking a lot of vacation,” Keller said.

The first of those vacations, when it is safe to do so, will be in Tahiti, she said.

According to BCLC, the odds of winning a Maxmillions Prize are one in 33,294,800 for $ 5 of play.

The odds of winning the most likely prize, a $ 5 free play, on a Lotto Max ticket are one in 8.5.

Keller wasn’t the only person from British Columbia to win $ 1 million in the June 18 draw. According to PlayNow.com, there were also winners in Prince George, Richmond, Kamloops, Chilliwack and Vancouver.

No one won the $ 70 million top prize that day, but someone from Williams Lake tied six of seven numbers and took home $ 134,170.

The jackpot was claimed in the next draw on June 22. Two people found the seven numbers and the prize was split between an Ontario resident and a Kamloops man.

Gary Hill told reporters last week he still hasn’t decided how he will spend the money.

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