Birthday-eve win ‘extra’ special for Whistler man

It was an unforgettable birthday for Francis Masculino, who learned the night before his big day that he’d won $500,000 from the March 3, 2020 Lotto Max draw.

The Whistler resident said ‘Yes’ to the Extra when he purchased his ticket at the Squamish Walmart, and said he feels “grateful” for his big win, with which he plans to pay-off his vehicle and purchase a home. 

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Masculino, who has called Whistler home since moving to Canada from the Philippines in 2008, initially checked his ticket while filling up for gas, but couldn’t believe it, and drove home and downloaded the BCLC Lotto! app to check it again. Once he arrived, he told his wife immediately, who almost cried upon hearing the good news. 

“This means I can spend more time at home with my kids,” said Masculino, who noted that the life-changing win means he can work one job, instead of two.

Masculino claimed his prize using BCLC’s temporary alternate prize-claim process.

Did you know? So far in 2020, B.C. lottery players have claimed approximately $54 million in winnings from Lotto Max and the Extra. Anyone can win and #YouCouldBeNext. Watch some amazing lottery winner stories at

Lotto Max is a nationwide lottery game drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays after 7:30 p.m. (PST). Players can purchase tickets at lottery retailers or at Winning numbers and group release forms can be found online Players can now check their lottery tickets anytime, anywhere on iOS and Android devices. Learn more about the BCLC Lotto! App here. Say ‘Yes’ to the Extra for the chance to win up to $500,000. Extra is available with Daily Grand, Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and BC/49 at any BCLC lottery retailer or at

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