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CHRISTMAS PRESENTS TREAT AFTER $23M LOTTO MAX JACKPOT WIN

A syndicate of twenty-seven co-workers from the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area of Quebec in Canada are celebrating after winning a $23m Lotto Max jackpot in the August 4 draw.

The Lotto Max winning syndicate work as accountants for Saguenay City Hall’s Finance department. In February of this year, Carl Villeneuve from Saugenay won a $60m Lotto Max jackpot.

It was ten years ago that they decided to get together jointly to play lottery games and now their patience has finally been rewarded with this jackpot win. Group representative Guy Perron said that he usually buys the syndicate’s tickets at different locations. Their Lotto Max winning ticket was purchased from Dépanneur Cadeko in Sainte-Geneviève.

This is the latest in a string of big lottery wins in Quebec. Ann-Marie Francis, and her husband, Ian Warcup, won a $55m Lotto Max top prize. Also celebrating in January this year were Annie Roy and her husband, Gilles Leprohon after they scooped a $60m jackpot playing Lotto Max.

It was Guy who was the first to discover that the syndicate had won the Lotto Max jackpot. “When I saw the amount, I thought that the machine wasn’t working properly! Then, my whole body started shaking,” said Mr. Perron. Immediately he contacted co-worker Bruno Gagnon to tell him of their incredible win. There was a slight problem as the syndicate leader didn’t have all the telephone numbers of everyone in the group. Instead they headed to their office to get hold of those numbers and start spreading the news of their win. Even then it wasn’t an easy task as a lot of members were on holiday.

The group have announced that each syndicate member will give $1000 to Opération Père Noël du Saguenay−Lac-Saint-Jean. This will enable 27 children from the region to have at least one gift to open every year on Christmas Day for the next ten years. A lottery player in New Zealand promised to surprise her family on Christmas Day after a $200,000 New Zealand Powerball win. John Henry had the best Christmas present ever when winning $60 million playing a Christmas Day Lotto Max draw.

Being accountants, Mr Gagnon describes the lucky Lotto Max winners as being “laid-back people”, and when seeing themselves on television, “it’s really weird!”, he added.

In all the syndicate won a total of $23,017,319 and their winning numbers were 01-04-11-17-27-36-37 and the Bonus Ball 47.

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