Mississauga resident among 12 factory workers to win big cash in lotto draw


Published May 16, 2023 at 3:34 pm

Sumatee Ramprashad has probably never been happier to be part of a team.

The Mississauga resident is among a group of 12 factory workers from across the GTA that won a second prize of $72,300 in the Feb. 11 Lotto 6/49 draw.

The friends, who’ve been working together and playing the lottery together for the past 10 years, say they caught the lottery-playing bug as a way to connect and socialize.

And now it’s also proven to be a way to put some money in their pockets.

Carlos Rodriguez, of Woodbridge, checked the ticket while at the gas station when he discovered the big win.

“I started doing the math right away,” he shared while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto along with other group members to pick up their cheque.

“Carlos told me the big news at work,” said Toronto’s Guiseppe Schifano. “I asked how much and when he told me $72,300, I said ‘Woah!’ I started sharing the news with the other members; the hairs on my arms were standing up.”

The lottery winners said news of their good fortune quickly spread through the plant “like wildfire.”

“Carlos doesn’t joke, but I still didn’t believe it for a couple hours,” said Jose Marquez, who lives in York.

Added Minawatee Seeram, of North York: “I laughed with joy all day long. My colleagues wondered why I was so happy.”

“I’ve never won money like this. We are 12 very happy people,” Schifano concluded.

Each group member’s share is $6,025.

The winning ticket was purchased at Petro Canada, on Hwy. 7 in Woodbridge.

Other group members are Alfredo Corpuz (Thornhill), Khang Tho Nguyen (Vaughan), Luc Dufour (Maple), Nancy Rodriguez (North York), Phuong Du (North York), Thuan Khuu (North York) and Yeh Sung (Toronto).

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