Big space needed to unveil new millionaires after record-setting N.L. lotto win


ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Atlantic Lottery Corp. normally presents its ceremonial cheques to winners in the company’s offices.

But, with dozens of Newfoundlanders made millionaires by a shared $60-million Lotto Max jackpot, the corporation has had to find a larger space to accommodate the group and their family members.

Corporation spokeswoman Molly Cormier says they had to find a space big enough for about 350 people who are expected Wednesday when officials hand out the cheque in St. John’s.

She wouldn’t reveal how many people are part of the group or what they do, saying that will all be announced at the cheque ceremony at the St. John’s Convention Centre.

However, Avondale Mayor Owen Mahoney says many of the winners are from his small town tucked on the coast of a Newfoundland bay, though he didn’t want to identify them.

Mahoney says many of them are iron workers at the Come By Chance oil refinery, adding that “it couldn’t happen to better, hard-working people.”

The Canadian Press