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Retired fisherman revealed as winner of biggest lottery prize in BC history

The winner of the biggest lottery prize in history has been revealed.

Joseph Katalinic, who has been retired for the last 20 years, won the $60 million Lotto Max jackpot on July 26 with a Quick Pick ticket.

Now he's pledged to "live like a king" after hitting it big.

But he said he struggled to believe he had won at first.

“I scanned the ticket at Seafair Centre where I purchased the ticket,” he said.

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“I thought to myself that it can’t be true… I was so excited, I had to go to two other locations to scan my ticket again just to make sure it was real.”

The first person Katalinic – who used to work as a commercial fisherman – told about his win was his daughter.

“She told my son-in-law, and then I told my youngest daughter," he explained. "There was a lot of hugging and kissing, and a lot of emotions."

But what does he plan to do with his newfound wealth?

First is a family trip to Hawaii, he said.

Then it’s off to the town in Europe where his parents were born.

After that, who knows?



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