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$5 Million lottery jackpot won by Canadian miltary women

Sep 12, 2006, 5:51 pm

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A group of Canadian Forces women is getting a $5 million payout on Tuesday, but it isn't from the government.

The eight women, who are civilian staff members at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa in eastern Ontario, bought the ticket that had the winning numbers for Friday's Super 7 lottery.

The jackpot divides to about $650,000 for each of them.

The women said they hope their win will spread some good cheer among people at the base and soldiers participating in the Afghan mission — especially after the hardships they've faced in the past two weeks.

Since the start of September, five Canadian soldiers have been killed and several others injured in southern Afghanistan. At least four of the deceased had been based in CFB Petawawa.

"We're hoping it's going to bring some joy within to everyone," Cheryl Coates, who was one of the lucky ones, told CBC News.

"Petawawa has had a hard time the last few weeks."

No plans to quit jobs at base

Instead of the green military vehicles the women are accustomed to seeing at the base, a rented limousine was to whisk them in style from Petawawa to Toronto on Tuesday to pick up their winnings.

All eight wore T-shirts emblazoned with yellow ribbons signalling support for the soldiers.

The women, who range in age from 24 to 55, work for the Normandy Officers Mess and learned of their good fortune on Saturday after one of them looked up the numbers on the internet.  [Editor: hopefully they looked them up on Lottery Post.]

All but one of the women is a military spouse and two of their husbands are among the more than 2,000 Canadians now serving in Afghanistan.

The women said their husbands didn't believe them at first when they told them of the win on the telephone.

The women said they would use the jackpot — which divides to about $650,000 for each of them — to pay the bills and help relatives pay for their education.

But not one mentioned quitting her job at the base.


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6 comments. Last comment 15 years ago by DoubleDown.
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Elizabeth03's avatar - Lottery-009.jpg
Nova Scotia
Member #9934
December 27, 2004
1182 Posts

I  was happy to read of the workers at the base winning the super 7. I visited Petawawa a couple of months ago.  My uncle and aunt live there.  What a pleasant surprise for the people that won. . I hope they spend the money wisely.

    Raven62's avatar - binary
    New Jersey
    United States
    Member #17842
    June 28, 2005
    150512 Posts

    Their's nothing like being in the right place, at the right time, with the right numbers!

    Congrats to the WINNERS!

      wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

      United States
      Member #15143
      May 10, 2005
      454 Posts

      Congrats to the winners!

        MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

        Member #9517
        December 10, 2004
        1829 Posts

        Not enough to quit their day job, but enough to live comfortably if used right.

          United States
          Member #16611
          June 2, 2005
          3493 Posts

          I hope these Canadian military women spend it wisely when they return to Canada.

            Coastal Georgia
            United States
            Member #2653
            October 30, 2003
            1866 Posts

            I hope these Canadian military women spend it wisely when they return to Canada.

            They are already in Canada.....