Ten years – the long wait had finally come to an end. This was how long it took for a group of 27 accountants in Saguenay City Hall’s Finance department to win the Lotto max jackpot on August 04, 2017 draw. It may be a long time coming but it was worth the wait. The winning ticket was bought from Depanneur Cadeko in Sainte-Genevieve by the groups’ representative Guy Perron. Their tickets are usually bought from different places.
Guy Perron was the first one to find out that their group had won the $23 million jackpot. He couldn’t believe it and even thought that the machine wasn’t working properly. After he confirmed that they really won, Guy contacted the co-worker Bruno Gagnon who is also a member of the winning group. Together, they went to their office to get the contact numbers of the other members to spread the great news. However, most of the members were on holiday so it was hard to reach them. But every time they were able to reach a member their adrenaline was pumping.
Guy regards fellow accountants as ‘laid-back people’. They felt weird watching announcers on television talking about their group. They had won a total of $23, 017, 319 with winning numbers: 01, 04, 11, 17, 27, 36, 37 and bonus 47.
The group decided to put the money in the bank and took some time to consider what to do with the money. And as agreed for a common cause, each member would give $1000 to Opération Père Noël du Saguenay−Lac-Saint-Jean. This aims to give at least one gift for 27 children from their region every Christmas for 10 years. 27 Lotto Max jackpot winners will help 27 children.