Newcomer To Canada Among 9 Coworkers Splitting $60M Lotto Max Jackpot

Marco Green
January 11, 2019

A group of nine coworkers from southern Ontario say they quit their jobs after learning they would be sharing the $60 million Lotto Max jackpot.

The group all work the same shift at an auto parts manufacturer in Guelph, and chose to purchase the ticket together late past year.

For 2 of the winning members, the winning ticket was their first time joining the group play.

"I said "you know my health".

"She said she heard on the radio that a winning ticket was sold in Guelph and urged me to check our ticket".

The pair called a group meeting at Riverside Park in Guelph, where they told everyone else the news.

"It just blew my mind and, all the possibilities of the future were right there", he said. "I still can't fathom the whole thing right now". They definitely aren't anxious about jobs, given they quit right away.

The group only started buying lottery tickets together just two months ago, and it didn't take long for them to win the jackpot.

"I've been in Canada for less than a year and so far I've only known work - I'm excited to explore the country", said Bassam Abdi.

"I turned on my vehicle and I heard the news that the jackpot victor was from Guelph", Granadino said. The winners of the lottery are as young as 21 years old to as old as 57 years old.

The group, who are auto parts production line workers, won the December 21, 2018 draw. OLG said they have 17 kids between them; eight of them are immigrants, hailing from parts of the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

A group of Ontarians have won the lottery jackpot and we're beyond jealous. Cabrera says she's still going to continue with her previous plan to go to school and study accounting, in addition to buying a house for herself and her parents. In fact, they even say they'll still continue playing themselves. "And now we get to celebrate this unbelievable win together". Hirmiz said. "This is the only way, if you are lucky, you're going to get the chance to relax".

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