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$10 million lotto winner says his first purchase will be ‘dinner’

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Lotto winner James Russell

Carly Yoshida-Butryn, CTV News in Vancouver

Published Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:02 PM PST

VANCOUVER – The winner of a $ 10 million Lotto Max ticket sold in Vancouver last week was presented, but said the news was not over yet.

Vancouver resident James Russell matched all seven numbers in the Lotto Max draw on November 1. He said he has no significant plans yet, but was looking forward to celebrating his victory over a meal with friends on Tuesday night.

"I have friends from out of town and we're going to dinner tonight," he said. "And I think I'll buy it."

Russell bought the winning ticket after taking a regular walk with his dogs. He says it has been several months since he bought his last lottery ticket and thought he should have made a mistake checking his numbers.

"I checked, I checked three times. The numbers haven't changed, so I ended up here," he said on Tuesday at the check.

When asked if he would make major purchases, such as a luxury car, Russell said he preferred to give his money to a nonprofit organization.

"I'm sure I'll donate a little, but not to Ferrari," he said. "I'd rather hand it to some NGO than a multinational corporation that doesn't need my money anyway."

Russell also said he plans to travel and would like to visit Monet's garden on the outskirts of Paris and take a bike trip through western Ireland, although he has no plans to take off anytime soon.

"I'm not a big material guy, so I'd be more interested in spending money on travel than on other things," he said.

Russell was one of two Lotto Max jackpot wins in B.C. last week. A $ 20 million ticket for Lotto Max was sold in the remote North Coast Stikine region on October 29. The winner of this draw has not yet been disclosed.

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