It’s a fortune so unexpected that Joan Patterson, a Desboro Rancher only thought of verifying her ticket, bought from Grant’s Your Independent Grocer in Hanover, twelve days after the draw while having coffee with her husband, Jim at the mall.
When she found out that she won the jackpot, she asked the counter lady to keep quiet. She then called Jim who did not believe her until he saw her expression.
Joan and her husband are happy couple who take care of animals at their ranch. They have horses, donkeys, mule, dogs and cats. Joan loves horses so she thinks of a riding vacation in Arizona. She also thinks of re-fencing their ranch.
For something totally unrelated to their animals and ranch, she would love for herself a Corvette convertible and an RV for Jim so they can go on a trip to the West where the cowboys go.
Mike Montminy verified his ticket the morning after the numbers were drawn before going to his work at Cottingham Tire. He used an OLG self- scanner at a nearby convenience store to find out that he won the jackpot. OLG got in touch with him immediately.
Mike’s wife, Tricia, was too thrillled and unbelieving when her husband called to inform her about their fortune.
The couple who has two teenage kids had already resigned from their work and took the time to celebrate with family and friends even before they have gotten their winnings. They went on a limo to a restaurant in Windsor to dine with friends. They also visited the owner of the store where they had been buying the tickets regularly.
They planned a get away rendezvous to plan what they will do with the money that they’ve won. It has taken their life upside down that they need to give themselves time to decide on the best things they will do with their money.
A joyful group of 28 family members and friends has a tradition of buying lotto max ticket before every gathering and at this time, the New Year’s Eve celebration.
One of the winners, Annie Roy, who used to work for Loto-Quebec and her spouse, Gilles Leprohon, who is related to Loto-Quebec as an independent contractor, brought their lotto tickets with numbers chosen by their families and friends.
A representative from Loto-Quebec said that anyone related to the company can enjoy the privilege to join in the drawings as anyone else, although if they won a prize of more than 10,000 there will be an added verification process.
And, on a bright morning and as early as 6 am, day after the January 6, 2017 drawing, they were so ecstatic to find that their numbers won the big jackpot of $60 million!
The winners are from Roy and Boivin families plus two of their friends. A total of 20 shares were divided to split the winnings with members ranging from 21 to 71 years old. Most of the winners live in the Monteregie.
Loud laughter surrounded the news conference at a downtown Montreal hotel where 28 smiling winners claimed the $60 million jackpot winnings.
Leprohon at 58 planned to retire and his wife planned to travel. Others thought of buying new vehicles, give support money to their children or just improve their quality of life in retirement.
$55 Million from April 21 draw is the third biggest jackpot won in Lottomax this 2017. Nathalie Langlais who only buys tickets at random if the jackpot is big has been really lucky to be a single winner.
Nathalie could not believe that she had won the big jackpot amount of $55 million and to think that she just decided to try loto-Quebec’s mobile application to verify her lotto ticket the very next day she bought it. It usually takes her a month or two to verify tickets she bought. After signing the ticket, she and her husband went to the retailer to verify the ticket and kept it in a well-hidden box to make sure it will be safe. Then they claimed their prize first thing Monday morning.
Montreal residents, Nathalie Langlais together with her husband Gilles Rosnen, received their cheque at Loto-Quebec’s Office in Montreal.
Lisa-Marie Draganiuk of Delta, a dental hygienist is one of four lucky winners who claimed her share of $12.5 million today. She said in a media release she remembers being in “complete delirium” realizing she won the jackpot and called her husband right away.
Lisa-Marie also mentioned she and her husband planned to do some house hunting and will definitely share her winnings with her family.
“The first person I’m going to tell is my mom when I pick her up from work — from a job she never has to go back to,” she also said. “She has done so much for me and I’m really looking forward to returning the favor.” – She surely is a one lucky mom as you are a lucky daughter!