A life-long Richmond resident and retired fisherman has been revealed as last month’s record-breaking $60-million Lotto Max winner.
Joseph Katalinic, who has been retired for 20 years, now plans to “live like a king” after picking up his dream cheque on Wednesday afternoon.
“I scanned the ticket at Seafair Centre where I purchased the ticket,” said Katalinic.
“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.”
Katalinic’s Quick Pick ticket matched all seven numbers to win the largest lottery prize in B.C. history. Previously, B.C. has had three $50 million Lotto Max winners.
“The first person I told was my daughter,” he added.
“She told my son-in-law, and then I told my youngest daughter. There was a lot of hugging and kissing, and a lot of emotions.”
The former commercial fisherman has called Richmond home virtually his whole life.
As for what comes next with his new fortune, Katalinic says he plans to take some family trips to Hawaii and visit the town in Europe where his parents were born.