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And the victor is … Michelle De Roma - $39.5 million

Lotto winner Lotto Max winner Michelle De Roma poses with an oversized cheque at the B.C. Lottery Corporation's headquarters. Jan. 4 2019
Ginger Lawrence | 08 January, 2019, 21:12

Michelle De Roma purchased the winning ticket to last week's Lotto Max draw during a shopping trip at the Tsawwassen Mills outlet mall on December 26, netting her a whopping $39,517,071.

Surrey's Michelle De Roma with her Lotto Max cheque for $39.5 million.

The mother of three from Surrey said she wanted to focus on enjoying the holidays and celebrating her husband's birthday before their world shifted.

Speaking through happy tears she added, "Our lives have been changed forever". Her big victor was bought at the Gateway Newsstand in Tsawwassen Mills.

Two ticket holders in Ontario, one in the Maritimes and one in Saskatchewan matched six of the seven winning numbers plus the bonus to claim $78,329 each while a ticket sold in Alberta matched the last six digits on the Extra to win $100,000. "He just said, 'Wow!' And then hugged me and kissed me", De Roma said.

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But now that she's stepped up to receive her prize, De Roma said she's planning to purchase some new real estate for the family. She said: "My husband didn't believe me at first, so we checked it again online and we matched all the numbers".

"I just want a nice house for my kids", she said.

All lottery winners have 52 weeks from the draw date printed on their ticket to come forward to claim their prize.

She plans to continue playing the lottery.