Brampton nurses split $2,000,000 lottery win with co-workers


Published March 7, 2022 at 2:27 pm

Shammonique Barnes and Vicent Nsubunga of Brampton have worked together with 14 of their nursing colleagues for over 10 years, but only started playing the lottery as a group for one month before winning big last June.

Group leader Sonia Correia-Batista said the crew started playing Lotto Max in hopes of winning a jackpot.

“One of the group members checked our ticket and saw the number two and a bunch of zeros and said, ‘I think we won something,'” recalled Correia-Batista. “I said, ‘that’s not something, that’s $2 million dollars.'”

The group gathered a few hours later in the parking lot of their workplace to discuss the win, and Correia-Batista said they were all “shaking and numb with disbelief.”

“There were so many emotions about the win as we all discussed the impact this would have on our lives,” she said, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for the nursing group.

“We’ve all had to push through exhaustion and burnout and this win has been an incredible joy for us all and a great reason to celebrate,” she said.

Each of the group members received a cheque for $125,000 and Correia-Batista said the group is planning a spa getaway to treat themselves and revel in this win together.

Some members are also planning to purchase vehicles and complete home renovations with the winnings.

“We will all remember this experience for the rest of our lives,” she said.

The group members are:

  • Sonia Correia-Batista of Woodbridge
  • Aileen Hernandez of Thornhill
  • Ana Silva Marques of Bradford
  • Deepa Chacko of Maple
  • Fouzieh Khalediyan of Richmond Hill
  • Ivory Tigley of Richmond Hill
  • Joris Binoya of Concord
  • Joyce Preece of Kleinburg
  • Lidia Alvarado of Woodbridge
  • Maria Adan-Guillermo of Richmond Hill
  • Ngoc Minh Kwan of Richmond Hill
  • Sandra Carruthers of Richmond Hill
  • Shammonique Barnes of Brampton
  • Tsering Namgyal of Richmond Hill
  • Vanessa Phillips of Toronto
  • Vicent Nsubunga of Brampton

The winning ticket was purchased at Brothers Convenience on Bay Thorn Drive in Thornhill.

OLG is booking in-person prize claim appointments at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto, with prize winners between $1,000 and $49,999.90 encouraged to submit their claims online or mail them.

Submitting claims online is fast, secure and enables OLG to process the claim in a timely manner. Customers with prizes over $50,000 are asked to call 1-800-387-0098 to discuss available prize claim options.

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