Chance plays a big part in winning any lottery and in Canada, a group of 31 workers from the Come By Chance Oil Refinery have won a $60m Lotto Max jackpot won in the February 23 draw.
The Newfoundland and Labrador workers appeared at a ceremony on Wednesday of this week to claim their massive Lotto Max prize wearing matching shirts and all with great big smiles on their faces.
The Lotto Max winning group has been buying tickets for the past three months. Sherry Moore Hickey was the syndicate member who purchased the winning Lotto Max ticket and is the only woman in the group. She said, “We throw in $5 each, so we had $155 worth of tickets.” Now each of the syndicate members will receive around $1.9m, so not a bad return on their investment.
It’s an even better return for Hickey as her husband, Lee, also works at the refinery and is part of the Lotto Max winning syndicate, so they’ll have around $3.8m winnings. Other winners in the Lotto Max jackpot winning syndicate include a father and son and identical twin brothers. In Australia, a brother and sister won a $1.3m Saturday Lotto prize. Eddy Trinidad and his son Alejandro from California, USA, won $21.5m playing Mega Millions.
Hickey added she was shaking when taking their winning Lotto Max ticket to a gas station to confirm it had won the jackpot. The other syndicate members thought she had been drinking when telling them of their big win.
So far, five of the lucky Lotto Max winners have announced their retirements. That’s just like 55-year-old Carl Villeneuve from Quebec who quit his job straight after winning a $60m Lotto Max jackpot. So did Mike and Tricia Montminy from Ontario, Canada who also never worked again after landing a $26m Lotto Max jackpot.
The other 26 Lotto Max winners plan to go back to work to finish off a project. “We need to see it through,” Moore Hickey said. “It’s the right thing to do for the other Boilermakers in our union.” Roger Sherman from Pennsylvania, USA, carried on working after he won a million dollars playing Powerball.
Others plan to pay off their mortgages, which is just what a syndicate of mortgage workers from Ireland did after their £1.1m EuroMillions win. Also, on the Lotto Max winning syndicates shopping list is buying new cars and helping their families.
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