As the search for the $60 million Lotto Max jackpot winner continues, a group of ten croupiers from Montreal Casinoin Quebec are celebrating after winning $1 million in the same draw. Their win came just hours after starting their syndicate.
The lucky syndicate purchased their winning ticket from the casino’s boutique. They didn’t have to wait as long as Brittany Powell from British Columbia, who played for five years before her $1 million Lotto Max win.
The lucky winners managed to get all seven numbers for the parallel Maxmillion draw. There were 19 $1 million prizes up for grabs In the September 25 draw and five of them were won by players in Quebec.
Syndicates have a good record of claiming big lottery wins. Police constables Tara Vallentgoed and Sarah McGregor from Hamilton, Ontario claimed a $5 million Lotto 6-49 win earlier this year. In July a syndicate of 20 workers, also from Quebec, won a $55 million Lotto Max jackpot.
One of the syndicate members was Martin Lefebvre and he recalled how he found out about the lottery success at around 3am. The good news was broken to him by his friend Jean-Paul de Sylva who called his mobile and left a breathless voice message asking him to “Call me back! Anytime of the night!” Being used to seeing poker players bluffing, he initially thought that his friend was joking, but it turned out to be true.
They are the latest big winners in Canada after Wojciech and Deanna Wysocki won a $1 million Lotto Max prize earlier this month. Dino Salciccioli won a $50 million Lotto Max jackpot in March of this year.
Also winning was Carina Kingsbury who said sharing the prize with her friends and colleagues is even better than winning it alone. “You’re sharing with other people that you work with. And it’s like kind of sharing a bottle of wine alone or sharing it with a bunch of friends.” Kingsbury said she’ll use her winnings to pay off the debt on her car and then take a trip with her two daughters.
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