A number of Filipinos were part of a lucky group who won CAD$1 million (approximately PhP35,962,246.52) playing Lotto Max in Canada. The Lotto Max winners were from Brooks, Alberta.
FILIPINOS PLAY THE LOTTERY A LOT IN CANADA
The group, including Redemptor Progreso, Eden Babida, Jerrymar Badua, Wendell Belandres, Lourence Davis, Francis Domingo, Winston Go, Edgar Marzan, Joeven Nazarrea, Darwin Obosa, Joseph Pagdilao, Jeffrey Perlas, Rollie Rayray, Carlos Tabontabon, Alexis Tadeo, Edbert Ton, Arnel Viernes, and Rexie Rapisura, won the million dollar prize during the April 10, 2020 draw.
The ticket was purchased at Red Basket Food Store in Brooks, Alberta.
Lottery prizes in Canada are tax-free. In case of group winners, the prize is split equally amongst the number of players in the group.
Lottery winners names are published, and made public in Canada.
LOTTO MAX WINNERS SHARE CAD$1 MILLION PRIZE
Progreso checked his ticket the day after the draw, using another store’s ticket checker.
“I just went straight home to keep the ticket in a safe place,” Progreso said. He couldn’t believe their luck, so he went back to check the ticket again an hour later.
He used the WCLC mobile app to verify the ticket, which confirmed what the machine at the store had already told him.
When asked what he would do with his share of the CAD$1 million prize, he said that he’ll pay off some outstanding bills and start some home renovations.
The group was able to claim the prize remotely, since WCLC offices are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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