Tanya Williams gave herself an early birthday present after turning her Free Play and $1 win from a previous draw into a $1 million Maxmillion prize.
The Enderby resident, who celebrates her birthday next week, was on her morning commute when she decided to make a quick stop at a gas station to fill up and check her Lotto Max ticket. When the cashier told her it was a winner, Williams wasn’t quite prepared for just how much that prize was worth.
“I thought maybe I had won a dollar or something,” she laughs.
After confirming the win and prize amount over the phone with BCLC, Williams was at a loss for words.
“I was in shock and speechless when I found out the amount,” she recalls. “Then I started getting really shaky and thought it was a dream. Everyone around me was a lot more excited because I was in shock.”
Williams’ husband was especially surprised when he received an early morning call shortly after his wife had just let the house for work. The entire family is still in disbelief, but the $1 million is no joke.
“I didn’t think I was going to win, but you are always hopeful,” she says. “You can’t win if you don’t play. It’s a dream come true.”
Williams, who works for the Splatsin First Nation, plans to spend the winnings on upgrading the family vehicles, purchasing some property to build a home and financially securing her son’s future.
The winning ticket was bought at the Quilakwa Stop and Shop in Enderby.