20 co-workers share largest Lotto Max jackpot ever

Jul 21, 2015, 9:50 am (22 comments)

Canada Lotto Max

MONTREAL — Claudine Forget said she feared the worst when her colleague began chatting with her online this past weekend by saying: "Call me — it's urgent."

"He told me to sit down," said Forget, who works the night shift for hardware retailer Rona Inc. south of Montreal.

"I told him to stop. I thought something had happened to his family. Then he said we won $55 million."

Forget and all but one of her co-winners — graveyard shift workers who bought the Lotto Max ticket together — collected their windfall at Loto-Quebec headquarters Monday.

The 20 are each getting $2.75 million — tax free.

Some of their co-workers were less lucky. Each week it's the first 20 people who get their name down on the sheet, meaning it is not always the same 20 who are in with a chance of hitting the jackpot.

The $55-million prize (US$42.4 million) is the most money the provincial gaming authority has ever distributed. The Lotto Max prize is a Canada-wide lottery that is held every Friday.

Forget's colleague, Dominic Lord, said a gas station attendant started looking at him funny on Sunday when he came in to see if he had won.

"She kept on saying: 'I've never seen this before, I've never seen this before," Lord said. "I didn't realize what she meant until she (showed me the winning numbers)... Everyone heard me scream."

The gas station will receive $550,000, equivalent to one per cent of the jackpot.

Some of the 20 employees who won said they will retire, while most indicated they will keep working — but be much happier doing it.

Yvon Roy said he's retiring early.

"At my age, 61, I'm done," he said.

Roy said he'll take some time to think and then start planning on how to spend the money.

The 20 will likely not be at a loss for ways to spend their winnings, though, as lottery winners often realize they've quickly become quite popular, said Loto-Quebec spokesman Jean-Pierre Roy.

"We tell them 'don't underestimate what is happening,"' Roy said about how Loto-Quebec counsels new millionaires.

"Keep calm. You don't have to say yes to everybody. You'll start hearing from former friends, or from people who just call you out of the blue to offer you a car or insurance."

Roy added, however, that Quebecers are more conservative these days than in the '80s, when, he said, winners were less careful with their new-found riches.

"In the '80s people would say they were going to buy a yacht, or travel around the world," he said. "Now people are paying for the kids' education, paying off the mortgage."

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Thanks to ebrockerville for the tip.

Canadian Press

Comments

mypiemaster's avatarmypiemaster

Thumbs UpCongrats. Way to go. Some of them will definitely TRY to retire.

Raven62's avatarRaven62

Congrats to the Winners!

lothob's avatarlothob
Félicitations aux gagnants!

I especially love the tax free part!

shadowlady's avatarshadowlady

Well, at least they had a sign-up sheet.  Hopefully this will mean that there won't be a lawsuit from fellow employees, but that is not a given.

 

Congrats to the winners.

ThatScaryChick's avatarThatScaryChick

Congrats to the 20 lucky co-workers! Smile

plumsage's avatarplumsage

That feeling has got to be awesome.  Congrats to all winners!!!

cbr$'s avatarcbr$

Congratulation to all of them. Twenty happy people. Party

maringoman's avatarmaringoman

Quote: Originally posted by shadowlady on Jul 21, 2015

Well, at least they had a sign-up sheet.  Hopefully this will mean that there won't be a lawsuit from fellow employees, but that is not a given.

 

Congrats to the winners.

Tough agreement but rules are rules. Congratulations to the lucky 20.

music*'s avatarmusic*

 Congratulations to our neighbors up North.  They might remember that July 20,1969 is the day that man landed  on the moon. They will definitely celebrate this lucky day in their lives July 20,2015.  Blue Angel

RJOh's avatarRJOh

"She kept on saying: 'I've never seen this before, I've never seen this before," Lord said.

That was similar to the reaction a clerk had when I matched four on a PB ticket over a year ago, apparently clerks don't see winners very often.

DELotteryPlyr

Quote: Originally posted by shadowlady on Jul 21, 2015

Well, at least they had a sign-up sheet.  Hopefully this will mean that there won't be a lawsuit from fellow employees, but that is not a given.

 

Congrats to the winners.

Yea that is REALLY strange, only 20 can sign up? Never heard of such a thing for a group.  Wonder if it just makes it easier for the person buying the tickets, they just buy 20 each time? 

MaximumMillions

Quote: Originally posted by DELotteryPlyr on Jul 21, 2015

Yea that is REALLY strange, only 20 can sign up? Never heard of such a thing for a group.  Wonder if it just makes it easier for the person buying the tickets, they just buy 20 each time? 

Maybe the employer pays for it as an incentive to be on time What?

noise-gate

Try this story on for size....( California Lottery)

  • Group of 52 at Downtown L.A. Engineering Firm to Split $1.3 Million Powerball® Prize 

  • When John “Trainer” Martin took over his Los Angeles structural engineering firm “many years ago,” he said he jokingly told his employees his first rule was: “There will be no office pools that I’m not part of!” Talk about a good move!

    He and 51 colleagues at John Martin & Associates pooled their money to buy Powerball tickets for the February 7 draw. One of the tickets ended up matching five of six numbers (5-10-21-34 and 58) that night for a whopping $1,388,464 payout! Had they matched the Powerball number of 33, they would have hit the $380 million jackpot. (This was part of the series of draws that ended with the monster $564.1 million jackpot on February 11. It was the 5th largest jackpot in U.S. history.

  • While it’s true splitting $1.39 million among 52 co-workers comes out to just under $27,000 apiece before federal taxes – a modest amount all things considered – Martin says he didn’t hear a single person moaning about not having won more. “Twenty thousand dollars is a fair amount of money and I think there are going to be a few new cars (in the parking lot). In fact, I’ve heard a lot about new cars. It’s great!”

    Actually, the boss is almost relieved everyone isn’t getting a huge check because he realizes that could have meant mass notices of people quitting! With a big laugh, Martin joked, “You know the way I see it, we’re really only breaking even anyway. We’ve probably lost $1.388 million in production (due to all of the excitement inside the office)!”

sully16's avatarsully16

Congrats to all the lucky winners.

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