Group of six claim $6.8m Lotto 6/49 Jackpot

Group of six claim $6.8m Lotto 6/49 JackpotGroup of six claim $6.8m Lotto 6/49 Jackpot

TORONTO, ON – Three sisters who work at their family’s restaurant in Kitchener are a whole lot richer today, thanks to a winning a $6.8 million Lotto 6/49 jackpot. They’re sharing the prize with three regulars of the restaurant meaning each person will take home just over $1.1 million.

The “fabulous six” have been buying tickets as a syndicate for around two years.

Qerime, Shuki and Gurabie Alievski have worked together at Prime Bar-B-Q restaurant on for 17 years. her at the They are all in their mid 30s and they told the Ontario Lottery and Gaming that they are not going to quit their jobs at the restaurant owned by their father, Robert.

“We like where we work. We’re just going to take it day by day,” Shuki told lottery officials when the group travelled to Toronto on Monday to claim their prize. “We haven’t really thought about what we’re going to do with the money.”

Their win solves a mystery that has been buzzing among local lottery buyers since the winning Lotto 6/49 ticket was sold in Kitchener last Wednesday. The next day, the OLG announced the winner may be somewhere in the city and asked them to come forward and validate their ticket.

When Chuck Terry, the lottery pool leader, walked into the restaurant and announced they’d won big, the sisters thought he was joking.

“He came into the restaurant, all nonchalant, and first told me that we won $2,” Qerime told the OLG. “He gave me a piece of paper that said ‘Big Winner,’ but it didn’t have the amount on it, so I threw it onto the counter in the kitchen and focused on getting through the dinner rush.”

On Monday morning, the lucky group was chauffeured to Toronto in a big black limo. The verification process was delayed a few hours when they started celebrating a little early, taking an extra long lunch, and didn’t get back to the lottery office until late in the afternoon.

According to lottery officials, both Terry and Hutchins are close to retirement, while Ray is a local machinist.

Published: January 18, 2011

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