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$1 million winning lottery ticket purchased in Abbotsford

Tawny Goldrick, 24, of Chilliwack claimed the winning prize
Tawny Goldrick of Chilliwack is the winner of a $1 million lottery prize. He purchased the winning ticket in Abbotsford.

When Tawny Goldrick saw seven matching numbers and $1,000,000 on the lottery terminal screen, his first reaction was laughter and then disbelief, before realizing he had won a $1 million Maxmillion prize.

The 24-year-old Chilliwack resident purchased tickets for the Jan. 9th Lotto Max draw at the 7-11 on McCallum Road in Abbotsford.

The next day, while stopping for gas, he discovered one of those tickets made him a millionaire.

“When I put my ticket in the scanner, it said $1 million. I chuckled to myself and thought, 'Yeah, right,' " he said.

"I scanned it again and when it said the same number, I ran to the teller where she confirmed it. Every time someone came into the store I started yelling that I had won $1 million.”

The aspiring rapper plans to celebrate his win by purchasing an apartment in Whistler and spending the winter snowboarding.

Goldrick said he is looking forward to creating new career opportunities and getting some financial advice on what to do with his jackpot.

“I’m going to take some financial advice because I know what it’s like to have no money,” he said. “I don’t want to blow it on anything; I just want to build a life for myself.”

Lotto Max involves players choosing seven numbers, or having the numbers randomly generated, from a field of 49. Goldrick's seven winning numbers on Jan. 9 were 5, 22, 24, 26, 30, 43 and 49.