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Winnipeg Group Wins $3.5 Million


Long-time friends win big on their Lotto 6/49 subscription

When Ashok P. got a notification about his Lotto 6/49 subscription, he thought it was a reminder to renew the subscription he plays through WCLC with his three closest friends. But he had a surprise in store when he returned the call.

"We only call you when you've won," the WCLC representative told him.

Ashok and his friends won $3.5 Million on the Saturday, November 4 Lotto 6/49 draw. They shared the $7 Million prize with a winning ticket sold in Ontario. The winning numbers were 1, 2, 6, 21, 22, and 33.

The other three group members are Bhadresh B., Swatanter P., and Ravi C..

Ashok called the others right away. But he didn't want to share the news over the phone.

"I told them I wanted to meet them all together," he remembered. "I didn't want to have to tell them separately."

"I thought he was going to ask us for money to renew the subscription," Ravi laughed.

"We usually get together at night, so it was strange that he would call us during the day," Swatanter said. "We didn't know if there was something wrong. But we've all been friends for years. If one of us needs something, we'll be there."

They all met at a coffee shop, and Ashok didn't waste time sharing the good news.

"I just said, 'We won three and a half million dollars.'"

"I asked if he was sure," Bhadresh said. "He gave me the number of the lady from WCLC and said to call her myself. She confirmed it - that's when I believed him."

The long-time friends said they haven't had much time yet to consider what to do with their shares of the windfall. The four group members and their wives have already been planning an Alaskan cruise.

"We'll have lots of time to talk about it then," Swatanter said.

In Manitoba, lottery subscribers can obtain a lottery subscription for up to a year at a time through WCLC, or they can create an automatically-renewing "Never Miss a Draw" subscription on players receive a courtesy email notification when they win.

Congratulations Ashok, Bhadresh, Swatanter and Ravi!