A group of 34 coworkers from a long term care health facility in Scarborough, today claimed their prize of $15 million, the winning jackpot from the July 22, 2011 LOTTO MAX draw.
Group leaders Henrietta McMahon and Naomi Konadu have been diligently collecting the lottery pool money and buying lottery tickets since this past January in hopes they would win a big jackpot.
“When I went to the store on my break to check the tickets for that week, it said we won $6,000, which we would have all celebrated. That was big enough. But then I heard we won $15 million and I couldn’t believe my ears. I started jumping up and down and screaming in the store!” explained Konadu. “I immediately called Henrietta, but she didn’t believe me. She thought I was joking!”
The two women shared the news immediately with their coworkers, both in person and over the phone.
“We told the other group members right away. I was at home and drove into work. Everyone was screaming and excited. One woman jumped on me and hugged me around the neck because she was so happy!” smiled McMahon.
The two group leaders say that this money will be life changing for everyone in their group. Each winner will get just under half a million.
“This has removed the stress from so many people’s lives. We work so hard and this money is really coming at a good time for everyone,” said McMahon.
The group members range in age from 30 to 65.
The winning ticket was purchased at Shell Select on Markham Road in Scarborough.
The group members are as follows:
- Henrietta McMahon, Scarborough
- Ampikapathy Mahendrarajah, Scarborough
- Carol Protain, Scarborough
- Colin Reid, Whitby
- Eartha Dawn Ogilvie, Ajax
- Elizabeth Betty Jossul, Ajax
- Elizabeth P. Ramirez, Scarborough
- Gary Breakenridge, Oshawa
- Gerarda Dres, Scarborough
- Juliana Consulia Tavernier, Scarborough
- Karen Genereux, Scarborough
- Latoya Hall, Markham
- Leona Bryan, Scarborough
- Lourdes Veneracion, Scarborough
- Lurline Miles, Ajax
- Marcia Pryce, Pickering
- Marcia Thompson, Pickering
- Marie Rose Anderson, Markham
- Marion Small, Pickering
- Maxine Thompson, North York
- Michael Gummer, Pickering
- Naomi Konadu, Scarborough
- Norma Imperial, Scarborough
- Oliviette Lake, Scarborough
- Pacita Meneses, Minden
- Patricia Joseph, Scarborough
- Paulet Patrick, Pickering
- Reynaldo Pangilinan, Scarborough
- Rose Brown, Ajax
- Rose Rodillas, Scarborough
- Sandra Reid, Scarborough
- Usha Kiran Bekal, Scarborough
- Veronica Jackson, Ajax
- Yvette Mendez, Scarborough