Local couple claims $35-million Lotto Max Jackpot

Local couple claims $35-million Lotto Max Jackpot

Earlier this month, two winning tickets were sold for the Lotto Max $70-million jackpot.

One was sold in Ontario, and the other was sold right here on the Island — at the Quality Foods in View Royal.

Lahsen Rezrazi was on his way to pick up his wife, Debbie Ramsay, when he decided to stop and pick up some groceries.

“I stopped by a Save-On-Foods to get milk and cream,” he recalled. “Then I thought I would check my lottery tickets.”

The first ticket was a $10 winner and the next was a free play.

“The last ticket I scanned said $35 million,” Rezrazi added.

He immediately called his wife who didn’t believe him.

“I thought something bad had happened!” recalled Ramsay. “It took everything in me not to scream.”

The couple say they plan to buy a house near the ocean, a Mercedes camper van, and then take a trip across the country in it to go see family.

“We’re going to go surprise relatives at the door to give them money,” said Ramsay. “Helping family is the biggest thing for us, and we can’t wait to see their faces!”

The odds of matching all seven numbers is 1 in 33,294,800.

The Ontario winner has yet to come forward.

Winners have 52 weeks to claim their prize, before it expires.

Unclaimed winnings from national draw games go back into the pool for future games.

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