How convenient it is to win a lottery when you’re already in the financial sector.
And so it was when Canada’s 13 newest millionaires – winners of a $49.9 million Canada Lotto 6/49 jackpot – were introduced in Edmonton recently.
The winners were 11 women and two men. They work in human resources at ATB Financial.
Each will receive more than $3.8 million each as winners of Wednesday night’s Lotto 6/49 draw, the third-largest lottery jackpot in Canadian history.
Spokesperson Cheryl Chrapko said buying the ticket was a “spur of the moment” decision. She and colleague Patricia Podridske bought the ticket on the day of the draw.
After the draw, Podridske’s co-worker and fellow winner Carmina Cruz heard from her very excited husband and son that one of the group’s tickets had matched all six winning numbers.
“I’m overwhelmed, we’re all overwhelmed and excited,” said Podridske to the gathered press.
“We’ve been experiencing a whole range of emotions and really can’t quite grasp that this is happening to us.”
Will they be quiting their job? Apparently not. At least for now.
“See you Monday, Dave,” they said, referring to ATB’s president and CEO, Dave Mowat, who was at the news conference.
All of them said they planned to wait awhile before making any major decisions about their finances, other than helping out family and paying off debts.