Lotto 6/49 jackpot goes to Calgary gym friends

Shalee Stair and 16 of her friends found out going to the gym really pays off. The group won $1 million in the Lotto 6/49 draw on Dec. 12.

Group that works out together wins lottery together — and just on their second try

Shalee Stair says her group of friends from gym class had known each other for a while, but had only bought one other ticket before winning $1M. (Western Canada Lottery Corporation)

Shalee Stair and 16 of her friends found out going to the gym really pays off. 

The group won $1 million in the Lotto 6/49 draw on Dec. 12, even though it was only the second time they bought a ticket together as a group.

"I started calling everyone in the group right after I checked the ticket," said Stair in a news release. "No one would believe me!"

The list of winners includes:

  • Pit Ha Tam 
  • Xin Ming Chen
  • Roberto Vardabasso
  • Georgia Bolin
  • Marla Verkland
  • Antonella Oberholzer
  • Erin Hood
  • Collette Wollman 
  • Marcella Cameron
  • Wendy Downey
  • Michelle Dieu
  • Sun-Young Hwang
  • Alice Wan
  • Linda King
  • Helen Mehri
  • Sheila Evans

Many of the workout buddies say they will use the extra cash to pay down some bills and travel. Stair says she's looking into buying a vehicle with some of her winnings.

Each group member will each take home approximately $58,820. They bought their winning ticket at the Superstore in Country Hills Village.


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