Michelle De Roma, a Surrey resident, is the winner of a whopping $39.5 million after buying a ticket on Dec. 28, 2018. De Roma said she and her family plan to move out of Surrey. (Photo: BCLC)

Lotto Max

Surrey woman wins whopping $39.5 million, plans to leave Surrey

Michelle De Roma says she wants to travel to Rome with her mother

Surrey woman Michelle De Roma is having a really good day today.

But she won’t be in Surrey for long.

De Roma was in Vancouver Friday afternoon to pick up her cheque for a whopping $39.5 million after matching all seven numbers on the Dec. 28, 2018 Lotto Max draw on a ticket bought at Tsawwessen Mills. She said she was doing some Boxing Day shopping that day.

The big hand-over was at 1 p.m. at the BCLC (B.C. Lottery Corporation) Vancouver office.

“We are planning to move out of Surrey, but we don’t know where yet.”

De Roma is married and has three children. She said she waited to claim her prize because she wanted to enjoy the Christmas holidays with her family.

She wants to get a “nice house for the kids,” she said.

“I want to travel — everybody wants to travel.”

First on the list is a trip with her mom to see St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

De Roma said she’s also celebrating her husband’s birthday.

“It’s the perfect gift,” she said of her mega-win. “I’ll just give him the cheque — with a kiss.”

READ ALSO: 2018 was lucky year for 36 B.C. lotto winners

READ ALSO: Surrey man wins $1 million

READ ALSO: Longtime B.C. friends share $20 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot

Indeed, local lottery ticket buyers have fared well over the years.

In May 2013, Surrey resident Harry Black, 66, won $31.6 million on the 6/49. He scored a double win by buying two lottery tickets with the same numbers he’d been playing for 35 years. And in 2010, an $11 Lotto Max ticket bought in Fleetwood landed Surrey couple Derek and Francis $25 million, which at that time was a record-setting lottery prize win in B.C.

“We’ve had $50 million before,” said BCLC spokesman Evan Kelly.

Meantime, somebody has got to be wearing a long face today after running out the clock on a $1 million 6/49 prize ticket that was sold in Vancouver. Whoever bought that ticket didn’t make the 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3 deadline to collect.

“Fifty-two weeks and the clock ran out,” Kelly said.

With files from Lauren Collins



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram  and follow Tom on Twitter

 

Surrey’s Michelle De Roma accepts a cheque for $39.5 million Friday in Vancouver. She won the money playing Lotto Max. (Photo: Kieran O’Connor)

Just Posted

Missing Surrey woman ‘located and safe,’ police say

Kayla Amy Smith, 30, who was reported missing last month

What’s happening in Cloverdale this weekend, March 22 to 24

Looking for something to do in Cloverdale this weekend?

Cloverdale residents invited to review new town centre plan

Final public open house will take place Thursday, April 11, 2019

South Surrey mother guilty of second-degree murder in death of daughter

Lisa Batstone killed eight-year-old Teagan in December 2014

VIDEO: Bentley nearly causes crash going wrong way on Coquihalla

Bentley driver allegedly travelling at high speed

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

B.C. fire department offers tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Fierce feline spotted as ‘aggressor’ in face off with coyote in B.C. backyard

North Vancouver resident Norm Lee captures orange cat versus coyote in backyard showdown

Wilson-Raybould to reveal more details, documents on SNC-Lavalin affair

Former attorney general has written to the House of Commons justice committee

Anti-discrimination group wants to map offenders with cross-Canada hate atlas

Morgane Oger Foundation issues call for volunteers to help build Canadian Atlas of Populist Extremism

Kater to launch ridesharing service in Vancouver by end of month

The Surrey-based company got its permits from the Vancouver Taxi Association

Second case of measles reported in the B.C. Interior

Case is connected to an earlier measles case in 100 Mile House

Most Read