Red Deer College’s plumber’s apprenticeship program should be renamed the millionaire’s club.
Seven instructors beat the odds and will share Wednesday’s $30-million Lotto 6/49 Jackpot.
Colleague David Johnston said he knew something was up when he came to work on Thursday morning.
“I came in here and they were all dancing around looking really joyful,” said Johnston, who is a steamfitting instructor.
“They said they had the right numbers. I said, ‘Yeah, like you won 100 bucks.’ They said, all the right numbers.”
Johnston said the group checked out the ticket against the newspaper and online. “I actually saw the ticket and it was all the right numbers.”
The jubilant instructors piled into a limousine on Thursday morning to head to the lottery offices in St. Albert.
Co-workers identified the staff members as Dean Wigmore, Brian Berge, Len Aucoin, Rob Baumbach, Ralph Hunter, Jim Pollard and Brian Stephenson.
Western Canada Lottery Corp. spokeswoman Andrea Marantz said the winners won’t be officially announced until the prize claim has been reviewed. That can take a couple of days to weeks, depending on the situation. The corporation did confirm the prize went to a single ticket purchased in Alberta.