Nine co-workers at an automobile plant in Guelph got a big bonus this week, after winning December's $60-million Lotto Max jackpot.
The group all work the same shift at an auto parts manufacturer in Guelph, and made a decision to purchase the ticket together late a year ago.
"My phone was vibrating, "gagnant", $60 million, big victor, and still I couldn't believe", he said.
The winners will be collecting their cheque around 10:30 a.m.at the OLG corporate office in Toronto.
"I said "you know my health". One by one, the rest of the winning team was notified, culminating in a group meeting at a park where they all celebrated the win. "I was overwhelmed, it just blew my mind, all the possibilities of the future were just there. I still can't fathom the whole thing right now". Rush called him back right away and was told the group would meet the next day.
Members of the group say they had casually bought lottery tickets before, but only began playing together in the last couple months. They also want to spend some time relaxing.
In addition to new vehicles, new homes and family vacation, the group is looking forward to relaxation time.
"I've been in Canada for less than a year and so far I've only known work", victor Bassam Abdi said.
The group includes two residents of Kitchener, they all work at an auto parts manufacturer in the Royal City. The winners of the lottery are as young as 21 years old to as old as 57 years old. 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.
It took the lottery group organizer a few tries to scan the ticket on his phone, as his Internet wasn't working properly.
"[My parents] couldn't believe it, they were crying", Cabrera said.
"Just play and then pray", Grandino said. "And now we get to celebrate this unbelievable win together". "I said you better check the number".