A man from Burnaby, a city in British Columbia, Canada, was reminded to check his lottery ticket as his co-workers won $1, but it turned out that while he did won too, his prize was way way larger.
Binxiao Qin was inspired to purchase a Lotto Max ticket earlier this month because a group of his work colleagues were buying their own.
He told the B.C. Lottery Corporation, "They were buying their tickets, so I thought ‘okay, I'll follow along, I'll buy too."
After the December 10 draw, his co-workers reminded him to check his ticket as they won $1, so they thought maybe Qin also won a prize. It turns out, he did won $1, plus another $999,999!
The winner of a $1-million Maxmillions prize said to BCLC that he and his fiancée were shocked, "My fiancée was so surprised. We found out on the BCLC Lotto! App (the day after the draw). I showed her the phone and we saw the $1-million prize."
He did not say how his co-workers reacted.
The top lottery prize in the December 10 draw was $60 million, which remains unclaimed. A resident from B.C. and two from Ontario were able to match six of the seven numbers, plus the bonus number, claiming prizes worth $101,783.90, meaning Qin won more off his Maxmillions ticket than those who matched the winning numbers in the main draw.
Three lucky others also won $1 million in the same draw.
Qin was super lucky. The odds of winning his prize are approximately 1 in 33,294,800, according to BCLC.
The odds of winning the Lotto Max jackpot are the same.