British Columbia has become a hotbed for lottery winners with four major jackpots claimed in the province over the last nine days.

A 48-year-old forklift operator from Houston, B.C., a community of 3,000, won half of last week’s $19 million Lotto Max draw. The other winning ticket was sold in Abbotsford.

Kevin Bowser drove 13 hours to BCLC’s Richmond office from Houston to claim his prize.

“I asked my brother for a ride because I didn’t have a reliable car,” he said. “I had the ticket in my wallet and checked it just about every 15 minutes!”

On March 1, a pair of Surrey postal workers, Derek and Frances Bird, claimed B.C.’s biggest lottery jackpot yet, winning $25 million. Two days later, Vancouver’s Ivy Leung claimed the BC-49’s $2-million top prize.

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