It could have felt a dream but it surely was very a lot actual for six nursing residence coworkers who’re celebrating the most important lottery win in Winnipeg in over a yr.
Marie Saltel, Cheryl Norman, Karan Lajoie, Karen Roche, Tuan Anh Pham, and Louise Pinel took residence an enormous $5 million win on final Saturday’s Lotto 6/49 draw.
“It’s unbelievable – it nonetheless doesn’t really feel actual. I really feel like I’m dreaming,” stated Saltel, who claimed the prize on behalf of the group. Saltel was additionally the one to buy the profitable Fast Decide ticket for the group the day earlier than the draw on the Dakota Household Meals at 1099 St. Mary’s Highway in Winnipeg. It’s one thing she’s completed for the group each week for the 10 years they’ve been taking part in collectively.
“Each Friday, my homework is choosing up the tickets,” she laughed.
Saltel stated that even after taking part in collectively for therefore lengthy, it took some doing to persuade everybody else they’d received after she checked the profitable numbers on-line after the draw.
“At first I simply couldn’t consider it, so when my son got here residence I requested him to test the numbers as effectively. Then when he confirmed I phoned Cheryl and informed her – and he or she thought I used to be joking,” recalled Saltel in a press launch from the Western Canada Lottery Company. “Then everybody I informed thought I used to be joking. However they consider it now!”
Saltel stated the win was particularly significant to everybody within the group after a tense few months as nursing residence employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s simply sort of a reduction – you don’t have to fret a lot about different issues,” she stated. “It’s a better feeling.”
Saltel stated she plans to make use of her windfall to assist out together with her upcoming retirement, and stated different members of the group shall be doing the identical: serving to their children out, and spending some on residence renovations.
“It’s wonderful,” she stated. “Sooner or later issues are regular, and the subsequent day all the things modifications.”
The group’s win is the most important lottery prize in Manitoba since a Winnipeg resident claimed a $9.5 million jackpot from the June 14, 2019 Lotto Max draw.