(Debra Allen/BCLC)

A Nanaimo woman plans to buy a luxury “Supersonic” hair dryer after winning $500,000 playing Lotto Max.

Debra Allen was one of two B.C. residents who match the third set of seven numbers among 13 Maxmillions prizes from the July 28, 2020 Lotto Max draw and won a cool half million dollars.

According to BCLC, Allen bought her ticket at Super Save Gas on Bowen Road in Nanaimo and scanned her ticket during a coffee break at work, meaning her coworkers were the first to learn about her big win.

“They all started jumping up and down,” said Allen in a statement. “I guess I was in shock because my face was just blank.”

In addition to the hair dryer, Allen will be using the money to plan a retirement with her spouse, and maybe pick up an RV since camping on Vancouver Island remains one of her favourite pastimes.

“I always dreamed of winning. It is really hard to fathom that it’s real.”

Lottery players across B.C. have collected $59 million in winnings in 2020 so far.

*Note: Victoria Buzz is not affiliated with BC Lottery Corporation and does not advocate gambling or taking part in lotteries. If you choose to participate, remember to play responsibly.