November 8, 2022
ST. JOHN’S (N.L.) – Michael Davis and Kristie Bernier of Carbonear, N.L. never dreamed they could be the winners of the $1-million Maxmillions prize won in their town following the Oct. 18 Lotto Max draw.
“I was advised at the store in the morning that someone in our town won $1 million, but I just laughed it off,” Davis said. “When I came home, I gave Kristie my tickets for fun and she scanned it and it said ‘Major Prize’ on the screen.”
The couple was in disbelief and thought they must have won a prize, but not the $1 million.
“I was excited, I was flippin’ out,” Bernier said. “It didn’t seem real, but we kept thinking ‘We have to go back to the store and check.’”
Maxmillions are additional $1-million prizes that are drawn when the Lotto Max jackpot reaches $50 million.
Once the couple confirmed they were in fact $1 million winners, they were elated to share the news with family.
“The best part was telling Ma,” Bernier said, referring to Davis’ mother. “That has been my favourite part, just letting her know that she doesn’t have to worry about anything anymore.”
Plans for their winnings include paying off their house, doing some renovations, buying a new vehicle and a camping trailer. They also intend on helping their three sons and making some donations to causes close to their hearts.
The couple have also always had a lot of travel on their bucket list, which they will now be able to start crossing off thanks to their win. They have already planned a trip to Las Vegas with friends, an Alaskan Cruise and hope to visit Ireland and Jamaica before long as well.
Davis purchased the winning Lotto Max ticket at Burden’s Mini Mart in Carbonear, N.L. The retailer will receive a one per cent seller’s prize.
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Backgrounder: About Lotto Max
Lotto Max draws take place every Tuesday and Friday. Jackpots start at $10 million and grow up to $70 million or until won. In addition to the main jackpot, there is a chance to win with Maxmillions. Maxmillions are additional $1-million prizes that are drawn when the Lotto Max jackpot reaches $50 million.