What would you do with $70 million? One Quebec family is figuring out the answer to that question right now by making plans for how they'll use their historic lottery winnings. The Lotto Max jackpot-winning family of eight wants to travel, throw parties and buy a new car.
On February 28, the winners were introduced at a press conference at Loto-Quebec's offices in Quebec City.
The family of eight spoke about the astonishment they felt when they won and what they plan to do with their winnings.
While everything has yet to be decided, they'll start off by going on a family vacation, buying a new car, throwing parties and doing way more travelling.
The person who secured them the cash by buying the ticket is a 22-year-old.
Gregory Mathieu had arrived at his job at a local grocery store the day after the Lotto Max draw happened and went to check his ticket.
"I had the ticket but I didn't think twice about it. I never thought I would win," Mathieu said.
Turns out he was wrong.
Mathieu was congratulated by his co-workers and all the customers that were there before calling his mom to tell her the good news.
"I couldn't believe my eyes," he said.
The $70 million jackpot is being shared between Mathieu and seven of his family members.
The other winners are Ursule Jolicoeur, Sandra Julien, Sonia Julien, Sylvie Julien, Denis Lessard, Derek Prévost and Stéphane Prévost.
"We are a very close-knit family and I am thrilled that we are able to experience this life-changing moment together," said Sandra Julien.
The numbers that won them the $70 million were just random ones that Mathieu picked, not ones that were chosen for any specific reason or ones that held any meaning.
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"Financially, I'm good for life and that was always a huge stress for me," Mathieu said.
Aside from their current plans for what they want to do with their winnings, they're going to let this sink in a bit and think about the future before they decide on what else they'll do now that they're multi-millionaires.
$70 million split eight times is $8,750,000 so each person will be getting a pretty good chunk of change.
The odds of getting all seven numbers and winning the Lotto Max jackpot are one in 33,294,800 per $5 play.