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Not every big lottery winner automatically claims their prize. Marcello Battison from Burnaby in British Columbia, Canada waited nearly a month before coming forward to accept his $25.9m Lotto Max jackpot win from the March 10 draw. Debra Newman from Minnesota, USA, waited until one day before her $50,000 Powerball ticket was due to expire to finally claim her winnings.

The 81-year-old told lottery officials that he had delayed coming forward to claim his Lotto Max jackpot win as he “had to make plans with my family.” The lucky $25.9m Lotto Max winner has two children and five grandchildren so there were plenty of people to talk to.

He has been making some important decisions and despite his big Lotto Max win, he will be staying in the same house. Battison has been retired for six years and had previously worked as a tradesman. That included 26 years with B.C. Hydro.

His winning Lotto Max ticket was purchased from the International News Store in Burnaby’s Brentwood Mail. He admits being shocked when finding out how much his Lotto Max ticket was worth. “I asked the clerk who checked my ticket, ‘Did I win $5?’ The clerk said, ‘No, you won the whole jackpot.’ It was amazing.” Canadian Debbie Roberts thought her $250,000 Instant Crossword Deluxe win was only $25,000.

Marcello, who isn’t a regular Lotto Max player, says that he has “always been lucky”. He may have won $25.9m playing Lotto Max but he says that he has “more than enough money to live comfortably and help the family.”

He now plans to take his wife on holiday to Hawaii. A Canadian woman who won a $1m Lotto Max prize went on holiday to the Rockies after her big win. Leslie Ritchie from Ontario had a $54,390 Lotto 6/49 win and headed to the Bahamas.

Mr. Battiston also wants to organize a trip to Italy, his original home before moving to Canada 61 years ago. Ngagne Pouye returned to his native Senegal after winning 400,000 euros playing the El Gordo de Navidad lottery. Once Marcello stops his travelling, there is an important change that needs to take place at their home. “She (his wife) wants a new kitchen. And I want a bigger kitchen”, he revealed.

Asked what he’d do with the bulk of his new-found wealth, Battison replied: “I’ll put it in a safe place.” Does he have any other big purchases lined up? The Lotto Max winner simply replied, “I don’t know yet.”

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