Sanjeev Aggerwal, who works at a family-run lottery retailer in Kamloops, B.C., is $35,000 richer after he sold the winning ticket from the June 22 Lotto Max draw.
“I found out I sold the winning lottery ticket and I had goosebumps then and now even,” Aggerwal said.
The BCLC's seller’s prize program awards retailers who sell a winning ticket with a prize of over $10,000 with a percentage of the prize paid, dependant on the prize amount.
This is the second-largest seller’s prize ever awarded by the B.C. lottery corporation (BCLC). Aggerwal works at McGoo’s Smokes N Stuff and started selling lottery products in 2011.
Aggerwal shared the good news with his children and employees, and plans to gift some of his $35,000 to the people closest to him, his family and his employees.
“We all won," Aggerwal said. "If I win, my employees win… we are like a family."
More than 3,500 lottery retailers sell lottery products across B.C. These retailers enter into Lottery Retailer Agreements with BCLC that set out roles, responsibilities and compensation, including the seller’s prize program.
The Lotto Max draws are on Tuesdays and Fridays after 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT). So far this year, B.C. lottery players have redeemed more than $100 million in winnings from Lotto Max.
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