31 Newfoundlanders – $60 Million richer!
Lotto Max jackpot winning ticket for $60M on February 23, 2018 was won somewhere in Newfoundland and Labrador, the biggest ever jackpot won in Atlantic Canada.
There are 31 winners, all Come By Chance workers including husband and wife, father and son and identical twin brothers. These people are also members of the Boilermakers Local 203 trade union.
The cheque awarding ceremony was held on a Wednesday afternoon at the Convention Centre in St. John’s. 31 Newfoundlanders are $1.9 million richer each!
Five of the winners retired immediately after confirming that they indeed won $1.9 million each. One of them is Eugene Lewis who checked the ticket numbers the morning after the draw. He was one of the first to learn about the win. He said, “It means a happy ending to my life, and then my kids will be looked after, and have a little few things that I could never afford to have.”
On an interview, Eugene Lewis also said that the lottery win seems surreal. He woke that morning and thought it was just a joke. It was hard for him to belive it.”When I woke up that morning, I just thought it was a joke,” he said. “I couldn’t really believe it.”
Twenty-six are going to return to work at the refinery, including Lee Hickey who said, “Before we had the money and stuff, each day you get up to go to work with the team we had in there, you enjoy going to work,so now it just makes the enjoyment a little bit more.”
Southern Harbour’s Dustin Flight, one of the winners, said that this is not the first time he won from a lottery draw. He won $4,500 in a 50/50 draw in the year 2017 among employees of the Come By Chance refinery, which supported the family of a child diagnosed with cancer.
But instead of keeping the prize he won, he gave it all to the mother who had to move across the island and live in the Ronald McDonald house for her son to have a chance to survive. Dustin felt that the family needs the money more than he did.
Of the 31 winners, eight live in Avondale, and three live on the same street.
Sheery Moore and her husband who both won will bring challenges, too. She said, “I think all the attention and people calling, you know, just social media and stuff, I’ve never been a millionaire before, what do you do?