Langley’s Keith Heinonen was in awe when he learned about his $500,000 lottery win.
The prize from the Sept. 27 Lotto Max draw was shared with another winner from Okanagan, leaving Heinonen a half million dollars richer.
“I was at home and when I checked the Lotto app, it didn’t register at first,” he recalled.
“I thought ‘is it real?’ and jumped up and thought I had to tell some people.”
The Langley resident called his dad first to share news of his windfall. Then when his dad didn’t answer, he called his best friend.
“I told him I had to go over to his house to tell him something. There were high-fives involved.”
Heinonen is excited to purchase a new car and have more financial freedom.
The Langley resident described his feeling as “surreal.”
“It feels great… I am going to be smart with the money,” he added.
Heinonen purchased his winning ticket from the Circle-K on 200th Street in Langley.
So far in 2022, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $137 million from Lotto Max.
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