Four Alberta co-workers claim Lotto 6/49 jackpot after more than a decade of trying
CALGARY, ALBERTA – A four man lottery syndicate, who have been playing for more than a decade (in which their biggest previous win was CA$30) have claimed a Lotto 6/49 jackpot of $16 million.
Early on Monday morning, Don Jacklynn checked his ticket and couldn’t believe his eyes. “I thought it was a mistake, I didn’t think it could be true,” he said.
Even after the ticket was confirmed as the $16 million winner, Mr. Jacklynn still was in shock that after 11 years of purchasing tickets twice a week for Lotto 6/49 draws, he and three co-workers had matched all the numbers.
The continuous effort to win the lottery had finally paid off for Jacklynn, Richard Carr, Patrick Rossetti and Hemlal Timsina, who are all employed at Lethbridge Iron Works.
Each player will take an equal share of the winnings, just over $4 million. The win has earned the four men a new nickname: The Millwright Millionaires.
Mr. Timsina joined the syndicate two years ago, but the other three men have been buying tickets for over a decade.
Richard Carr said that they would always reinvest any small wins back into lottery tickets, in the hope that they would eventually win a huge prize.
The four say they’ll continue getting their hands dirty as millwrights for the time being, but a couple have plans to quit their jobs at the start of 2011.
“I probably won’t work for anybody again,” said Carr, adding he hasn’t yet made plans for his fortune.
Timsina, 50, said he’ll pay off debt, travel “and buy a couple of cars for my kids.”
Rossetti, 41, hasn’t “thought of anything in particular” while Jacklynn looks forward to paying off his mortgage and investing most of the rest.
The men won the prize from the Lotto 6/49 draw made on November 13th. The winning numbers drawn were 5, 15, 27, 35, 38 and 47.
Published: November 25, 2010