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Burnaby woman wins $25-million jackpot

Burnaby resident Lesley Vickars and family won $25 million in the Aug. 24 Lotto Max draw. The other half of the $50-million jackpot was won by a ticketholder in Ontario. - Photo contributed
Burnaby resident Lesley Vickars and family won $25 million in the Aug. 24 Lotto Max draw. The other half of the $50-million jackpot was won by a ticketholder in Ontario.
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Burnaby resident Lesley Vickars was away on vacation when unbeknownst to her, she became a bazillionaire.

OK, not that much, but $25 million is certainly nothing to sniff at.

Vickars was the mystery winner of half the $50-million Lotto Max jackpot drawn on Aug. 24.

The first $25 million was claimed by a winner in Ontario but it was over a week before Vickars claimed her prize.

"I was at the mall exchanging cash before we left on vacation when I bought the tickets," said Vickars in a press release. "I didn't think about them again until we got home. I hadn't even realized that a winning ticket this large had been sold in Burnaby."

She bought her ticket at the Station Square Save-On-Foods store and managed to match all seven numbers.

"My husband thought something was wrong when I called him screaming," laughed Vickars. "I was just in disbelief. It still hasn't sunk in."

The family is still deciding on what to do with the money.

"I do know that we'll be taking off on another vacation," Vickars said.

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