Education and houses in South Africa are dreams coming true for a Victoria couple after winning on the Lotto Max Extra.
Emma and Seabata Makhakhe won $500,000 on the Jan. 7 draw with a ticket bought at Thrifty Foods on Fairfield Road.
Seabata discovered they won on a Sunday morning after checking it on the Lotto! app.
“It said $500,000 and I stopped and thought wait … Once it hit me, I started screaming ‘we won!’” Seabata said in a news release from the B.C. Lottery Corporation.
The couple plans to invest in South African real estate with a home for Seabata’s mom in Lesotho and a small one for themselves in Cape Town.
Some funds will be put away for their children’s education.
In 2021, B.C. lottery players redeemed more than $42 million in winnings from the Extra and more than $262 million from Lotto Max.
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