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North Vancouver man wins $1M in Lotto Max draw

After paying off his mortgage, winner Christopher Ritter says he'll vacation with his wife to Arizona and relax poolside
'Holy crow!' was the first thought that popped into Christoper Ritter's head after learning he won. | BCLC

Christopher Ritter says he was in a convenience store when he found out he won.

“I scanned my ticket and it came up as $1 million and a free play,” he said. “I thought, ‘Holy crow!’”

The North Vancouver resident was in complete shock after learning he was $1-million richer after winning a Maxmillions prize from the Sept. 2 Lotto Max draw, according to a statement released Friday (Sept. 23).

Ritter bought and validated his ticket at BJ & Sons Tobacconists on Melville Street in Vancouver.

The first person to hear about the win was his wife.

“I was most excited to share the news with my wife,” he said. “Her reaction was elation – she was happy!”

Ritter plans to pay off his mortgage, he added, and take his wife on a holiday to Scottsdale, Arizona to celebrate and relax poolside.

“I’m thrilled and glad that I’ve had such a remarkable thing happen.”

British Columbia Lottery Corp. said B.C. players have won more than $120 million from the nationwide Lotto Max lottery this year.

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