A close-knit group of five friends who spent 10 years of playing lotto max together by taking turns buying ticket had finally hit the jackpot. It was more than what they had dreamed of. One of them had always thought that they would win but never expected to win a big $60 million jackpot prize.
Friday the 13th $60 million jackpot luck! This group of friends, former colleagues, IT professionals and with four of them working for Payments Canada are Bryan Redman of Ottawa, Stephane Dionne of Embrun, Ont., Christopher Beazley of Carleton Place, Ont., Gilles Dionne and Norman MacDonald, both of Gatineau, Que., — won the jackpot for the OLG Lotto Max draw. They are all married and with nine children between them.
It was Bryan Redman’s to buy the ticket at the time which he almost forgot doing so and nonchalantly threw the ticket in his drawer. By the next day, checking the numbers on his phone, he freaked out and he could not believe the result he saw and so he prantically ran to the gas station to check the ticket on the little ticker and was dumdfounded called his friends to share the great news.
Gilles Dionne was the first one who answered and thought his friend was pulling a prank and told him that he would not believe until he check the numbers himself but began crying.
All five of them went to a gas station in Orleans, a suburb of Ottawa, Canada to confirm their winning tickets. As the shocked attendant was taken aback in awe, all five of them couldn’t control their smiling faces and shrieked with glee as the winning ticket was confirmed to them. It was a heart-stopping moment as had been caught in a video footage in the gas station.
All the winners agreed that they will try to be smart in their winnings, take their time on planning the things that they want to do. They had seen past winners with horror stories and they do not want to end up like those. They are reminded to stay humble and remember where they came from with the strength of the group being close together and being humble to each other. In spite of their superb luck, they said that they will not be retiring yet.