A Montreal family that won $1M in 2017 takes home $65M Lotto Max prize

Giuseppa Lanteri and her husband, Nunzio, are surrounded by family as they receive their Canadian record $65 Million Lotto Max cheque at a ceremony Monday, June 17, 2019 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Winning $1 million in the lottery is a stroke of luck, but you have to be blessed by the gods to win $65 million two years later.

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That’s what happened to the Lanteri family from Montreal, who were presented a cheque by Loto-Québec on Monday after winning the biggest jackpot ever drawn in Canada.

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Giuseppa Lanteri and Nunzio Lanteri, who won $1 million in the Extra draw on Jan. 20, 2017, shared the prize with their two children, Jane and Salvatore Lanteri.

This time, the $65 million was divided between eight family members.

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Giuseppa Lanteri and her husband, Nunzio, receive their Canadian record $65 Million Lotto Max cheque. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

The Lanteris were quiet at the award ceremony, but did share their travel plans — a tour of Italy, where they are from, and Mauritius, where Jane Lanteri’s spouse is from.

The Ville-Émard dépanneur owner, Martine Guérin, who sold the winning ticket, will receive $650,000 — one per cent of the draw.

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Guérin said she mainly intends to invest in her business, and perhaps “spoil herself a little.”

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