Kamloops resident Joseph Kristmanson normally chooses his own lottery numbers whenever he buys a ticket.
Last month he didn’t — and is happy with his decision.
Using the quick pick option, Kristmanson matched all seven numbers to win a $1 million Lotto Max Maxmillion prize from the Dec. 21 draw.
Kristmanson purchased and checked his winning ticket at General Grants convenience store on Fortune Drive on the North Shore.
“I was checking a bunch of tickets. I couldn’t believe it,” Kristmanson said. “The retailer was stocking milk beside me and noticed I had won. She was so excited for me.”
Kristmanson has been playing Lotto Max regularly since it debuted in 2009.
“I play all the other games, too. I do choose my own numbers, such as my birthday and year, but not this time. Sure glad I didn’t,” he said, adding that he hasn’t had much time to think about what he’s going to do with all the money.
“The first thing I did was call my close friend. He thought I was kidding.”
Despite his calm demeanor regarding the win, Kristmanson does have some travel plans in the mix. “I’d like to go to Australia and I think I will plan something for the New Year,” he said, noting that the spirit of the giving season is still upon him. “I will definitely be donating some of this win and help those that I can.”
Kristmanson is among 39 British Columbians to win a Lotto Max Maxmillions prize so far in 2018.