May 22, 2009

13’s lucky for $49.9M lottery winners

The number 13 turned up $49.9 million lucky for 13 Canadian female clerks who work on the 13th floor of an Edmonton, Alberta, financial company.

The third-largest Lotto 6/49 jackpot was drawn Wednesday and won by the 13 payroll and human resources workers at ATB Financial, the Edmonton Sun said.

Employee Penny Stone, who is not part of the winning group, told the Edmonton Journal it was widely believed all the winning women would be resigning.

The joke going around is that senior management must be worried that they have to replace 13 people, she said. We don't know if we're going to get paid next week -- the whole payroll processing department is gone.

A spokeswoman for the Western Canada Lottery Corporation told the Sun only 15 percent of lotto tickets sold in Canada are bought in the prairie provinces, yet big wins aren't unusual there.

In October 2005, a group of 17 oil and gas workers southeast of Edmonton shared the largest jackpot of $54.3 million, the report said.