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Safeway group claims $1-M lotto ticket

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It’s not enough to checkout of their jobs, but a group of Canada Safeway employees could fill a shopping cart with cash if they want to.

A group of 24 from the grocery chain’s Dakota Street store will be splitting $1 million from last Friday’s Lotto MaxMillions draw.

That works out to $41,666 per person.

The group holds one of the four winning million dollar tickets — three were sold in Winnipeg, the fourth in rural Manitoba — from Friday’s draw.

"It’s a nice amount of money," said an employee who wouldn’t give his name.

"It’s pretty exciting. It’s a nice ‘take care of some things’ for some people."

Andrea Marantz, a spokeswoman for the Western Canada Lottery Corp., said earlier today all they knew was one of the four winners had discovered they had won by checking their ticket at a self-service lottery check terminal.

But Marantz said by noon three of the four winners had contacted the corporation and the process had started to get them their windfall by the end of the week.

"One of the winners is from rural Manitoba and two others are from Winnipeg," she said.

"They all want to come in to get their prizes. We always find that when it’s a big one people want to come in."

Marantz said the fourth winner still has not contacted the corporation.

There were two grand prize winners for the Lotto Max $50 million prize, but the winners in British Columbia and Alberta will split that jackpot.

History

Updated on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 2:51 PM CST: Updates with 3 winners coming forward to claim prize.

November 7, 2012 at 9:08 AM: Corrects spelling of Andrea Marantz's name

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