Patience (and luck!) can pay off big! Three friends who had been playing the lottery together for 17 years finally won the jackpot, reports BFMTV.
The friends, former colleagues, have been buying lottery tickets together since 2007.
“I'm happy that the three of us can share this (...). I don't know what I would have done with $50 million,” one of them said of the Lotto 6/49 jackpot, according to the Calgary Herald.
It was on December 11th that Carmen, Catherine, and Gary learned that they would each become multimillionaires, with each receiving 16.6 million dollars.
While sipping her morning coffee, Carmen Austria checked the lottery tickets on her phone's mobile app, as she had been doing for 17 years, where she plays with her friends Gary Perkins and Catherine Wall.
She then saw the message stating that she had won 50 million dollars with the ticket. She then bothered her husband in the shower to make sure it was true. “I won't tell you what he said, but he swore,” she recounted in a press conference.
She then contacted her two friends to share the good news. “When you receive these messages at 6:20 in the morning, you think something serious has happened,” explained Catherine Wall.
As for Gary Perkins, he simply did not respond, as he was still asleep. “Who would wake me up at 6:30 in the morning? So, I didn't respond,” he recalled.
Since their win, Carmen has flown to Chile while Catherine and her husband have retired. Gary, on the other hand, bought a new vehicle from Ford.
The three friends are now considering going on vacation together to celebrate their win and plan to continue playing the lottery together.