Lotto Max group claims $50 million jackpot

20 members of a South Shore lottery group visited Loto-Quebec's Montreal offices Friday to collect their share of last week's $50 million Lotto Max prize.

All but one of them showed up for a media event, where they posed with the traditional big novelty cheque, and each went away with a $2.5 million cashable cheque.

Along the way, each of them shared their plans for the money, which involved the usual big-ticket purchases — cars, trips, new homes, and plans to renovate the ones they have.

One man, Albert Thériault, told CTV Montreal that he plans on taking an early retirement — and spoiling his kids and grandkids.

"I feel good, I feel good. It gives you a feeling of security, of well-being," he said. "I shared it right away. I went to Loto-Quebec and I said here's how I want the cheque: my wife, myself, and my son and my daughter."

The group ticket was purchased at a lottery counter at Brossard's Champlain Mall last week. One of the winning tickets was held by a Montrealer; the rest were on the South Shore.

Only a handful of the winners actually knew one another. One of them still hasn't come forward to claim his or her share of the prize.

Incidentally, the winning numbers are 2, 3, 5, 12, 21, 22, and 37, and the bonus number is 19.