Good Shepherd Players Win $1M Playing Lotto

By Ben Hamill - February 05 2020

Good Shepherd Players Win $1M Playing Lotto

Doing good unto others; especially those who are down and out or less fortunate; acts like a boomerang and that it always comes back round. Just ask the pool of 14 co-workers at Hamilton’s Good Shepherd Centre because it’s a lesson that they’ve been taught first-hand thanks to their having won a super $1,000,000 Maxmillions prize from the January 7th Lotto MAX draw.

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Group representative and pool leader Christine Maleta recently visited the OLG’s offices in Toronto in order to claim the prize money on behalf of the group. Maleta said during her visit that what had made the win to be exceptionally special was the fact that it had been the group’s first time playing together as a pool; not to mention even the fact that it was also the first win in general for each and every member of the group.

Spending Their Winnings

The really interesting part is hearing what the pool’s members plan on spending their new cash on. Each of the members has his or her own idea of what it is that qualifies as a justified spend of the money. Some of the members of the group want to help family, whilst others want to invest in buying a home and/or saving for retirement.

The winning ticket was purchased in Hamilton and from the Fortinos at King and Dundurn Streets. The retailer will receive a set sum of money form the OLG for having been the lucky business to have sold the winning ticket to the player-pool. This is common practice whenever a big sum of Lottery money is won anywhere in the country.

Keeping Up Good Work

The Good Shepherd Centre was established as far back as 1961. It was initially intended to be a man’s shelter only, but later on naturally evolved into a centre for men and women and also children in need. The centre does a great deal of good work among members of Hamilton’s local community as well as surrounding communities by offering a safe harbour for those who for whatever reason or reasons have fallen to the wayside and are no longer able to support themselves and/or their immediate family members and children.

The centre relies mainly on the time offered by volunteer workers and is registered as a company not intended to register a profit.  Now that 14 of its workers have received a reprieve from financial demands, everyone will be a lot happier for it.

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