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B.C. couple wins $25 million Lotto Max jackpot; biggest ever win in province

RICHMOND, B.C. - Derek Bird of Surrey, B.C., says he thought his wife Frances was having a heart attack when she began yelling, but it turned out she was screaming for joy over winning the biggest lottery jackpot ever awarded in the province.

RICHMOND, B.C. - Derek Bird of Surrey, B.C., says he thought his wife Frances was having a heart attack when she began yelling, but it turned out she was screaming for joy over winning the biggest lottery jackpot ever awarded in the province.

The couple had all seven numbers in Friday's LOTTO MAX draw worth $50 million and will split the jackpot with a Quebec winner who also had the magic numbers.

Derek says his wife was checking the numbers on the computer in another room when he heard her shouting, and it took him about fifteen minutes to calm her down.

Frances Bird recently retired from Canada Post, while her husband still works there and says early retirement may be an option.

Frances insists the money won't change her and she intends to live her life the way she always has, although now she'll have an opportunity to help her three daughters and granddaughter.

The Bird's $25 million beats the previous record jackpot in B.C. when Tsering Luding of Richmond won a Lotto Super 7 draw worth $24.6 million in 2005.

 
 
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