Lotto Max

Lower Mainland woman wins whopping $39.5-million lottery

Michelle De Roma says she plans to travel to Rome with her mother

Surrey woman Michelle De Roma is having a really good day today.

But she won’t be in Surrey for long.

De Roma was in Vancouver Friday afternoon to pick up her cheque for a whopping $39.5 million after matching all seven numbers on the Dec. 28, 2018 Lotto Max draw on a ticket bought at Tsawwessen Mills. She said she was doing some Boxing Day shopping that day.

The big hand-over was at 1 p.m. at the BCLC (B.C. Lottery Corporation) Vancouver office.

“We are planning to move out of Surrey, but we don’t know where yet.”

De Roma is married and has three children. She said waited to claim her prize because she wanted to enjoy the Christmas holidays with her family.

She wants to get a “nice house for the kids,” she said.

“I want to travel — everybody wants to travel.”

First on the list is a trip with her mom to see St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

De Roma said she’s also celebrating her husband’s birthday.

“It’s the perfect gift,” she said of her mega-win. “I’ll just give him the cheque — with a kiss.”

Indeed, local lottery ticket buyers have fared well over the years.

READ ALSO: 2018 was lucky year for 36 B.C. lotto winners

READ ALSO: Surrey man wins $1 million

READ ALSO: Longtime B.C. friends share $20 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot

In May 2013, Surrey resident Harry Black, 66, won $31.6 million on the 6/49. He scored a double win by buying two lottery tickets with the same numbers he’d been playing for 35 years. And in 2010, an $11 Lotto Max ticket bought in Fleetwood landed Surrey couple Derek and Francis $25 million, which at that time was a record-setting lottery prize win in B.C.

“We’ve had $50 million before,” said BCLC spokesman Evan Kelly.

Meantime, somebody has got to be wearing a long face today after running out the clock on a $1 million 6/49 prize ticket that was sold in Vancouver. Whoever bought that ticket didn’t make the 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3 deadline to collect.

“Fifty-two weeks and the clock ran out,” Kelly said.

More to come…



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram  and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

Gas prices rise 8 cents a litre at some Agassiz pumps

Petroleum analyst Dan McTeague says the spike is here to stay

Second snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

Another 20 cm of snow is expected to fall by early Friday

FVRD emergency plan only ‘partially meeting’ expectations, says auditor

Regional district says they are already working on shortfalls in emergency management

High death rate at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Abbotsford has the worst-performing large hospital in B.C. on key safety measure

Vis stresses need for unity after Conservative leader resigns

Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP said he was shocked by Andrew Scheer’s announcement

Agassiz’s Dickens Tea sells out for seventh year

The annual holiday event saw visitors enjoy high tea and historic talks

‘British Columbians are paying too much’: Eby directs ICBC to delay rate application

Attorney General David Eby calls for delay in order to see how two reforms play out

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Couple who bought $120k banana duct-taped to wall say artwork will be ‘iconic’

Pair compared it to Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans,’ which was initially ‘met with mockery’

Race to replace Andrew Scheer could be a crowded one

Many familiar faces, such as Maxime Bernier, Jason Kenney, Doug Ford and Kevin O’Leary, have said no

National cold case hunters take on search for missing man last seen in B.C.

Kristofer Couture’s car was found at Chilliwack trailhead in January but there’s been no sign since

Owner surrenders dogs chained up outside among scrap metal, garbage to BC SPCA

Shepherd-breed dogs were living in ‘deplorable conditions.’

B.C. plane crash victim identified; witnesses describe ‘explosion’

He was a flight instructor, charter pilot and owned an airstrip before leaving Alberta

Most Read