A man who won $1 million in a lottery draw last summer but did not know about it until half a year later says his first purchase would be a brand new car for his mother.
Eric West, who lives in Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada, won a $1 million prize in the June 22 Lotto Max draw, but he did not find out that he won until Christmas Eve.
He also didn't realize how much he won at first. He told the B.C. Lottery Corporation he first believed his lottery ticket was only worth around $1,000, but it was his mother who pointed out to him that he should have it scanned at a store.
He was visiting her at that time, so she was the first to know.
Eric said, "I was so surprised that it was actually $1 million. My mom has always helped me out so the first thing I want to do is buy her a new car."
Eric did not say what he will do with the rest of the cash.
Another BC resident claimed an even bigger prize in the June 22 draw. A 61-year-old semi-retired truck driver from Kamloops won half of the $70 million jackpot prize. He had been playing consistently for two years, using these numbers 7, 11, 22, 28, 33, 44 and 49.
The odds of winning the top prize in a Lotto Max draw are 1 in 33,294,800.
The chances of winning the Maxmillions prize, like Eric did, are the same.