REMEMBER THESE GUYS?
They made a million dollars’ worth of Three Villages history 15 years ago
He was working nights in the thread-grinding department at It was Nov. 18, 1974. “I was the farthest away from the phone you be,” he said last week. “It was my dad. He said, ‘Are you sure you got all your numbers right?’. I said yeah. He said, ‘Well, you guys have won a million dollars.’ “He said I swore a lot after that.” It was 15 years ago this Saturday that 10 employees at - - ning a million dollars in the Olympic Lottery. They were among the first Canadians to ever win that much money in a national lottery, an amount that is dwarfed by some of the multi-million-dollar drawings held every week these days. more so if you were earning about $4 an hour grinding threads in a small village. Some can even recite the winning ticket numbers as quickly as them still play the lottery every week. “I’m a believer”, Smith said. Not all of them still buy tickets, though. “I’d feel guilty to win again,” Taylor said. What everybody wants to know is did the money change them? Did winning $100,000 each turn 10 men into snobs? Above all, did it make them happy? - ing all three questions at once. Piecing together Nov. 18, 1974 and the days that followed was easier for some than others. Elwin Shepard didn’t have to work winning ticket, along with a list of the more than 50 people who called him after the drawing, letters from banks congratulated him on his luck and suggesting, as an afterthought, he put it in their vaults, and newspaper articles about the Thread Grinders. million-dollar winners in the third Olympic lottery drawing. The lottery had been set up to help raise money to finance the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, and to support Canadian amateur athletes. There were nine drawings between 1973 and 1976 that raised $230 million for the games. They were the first million-dollar drawings in Canadian lottery history and they generated a huge amount of excitement. After they won, Shepard and most of the others received phone calls through the night from newspaper and radio reporters. He may have been the only one sleeping, though. “We laid awake all night talking about it,” Galazzo said. “And there were lots of phone calls. It was hard to believe.” about the winners. It was accompanied by a photo of Galazzo kitchen. A columnist from the Star did a piece a few months later about a community that was happy for them. “I’m sure they were happy for us,” McIntyre said. “I’m also sure they would have preferred they were one of the group.” There were a lot of people who wanted a part of their winnings. were flooded with letters offering investment opportunities. Armstrong remembered one man he hardly knew who approached him for $5000 to start a band. Up to that point their relationship had involved little more than nodding at each other in local bars. “When I said no,” Armstrong recalled, laughing, “he got quite upset. He said, ‘Here we are, we’ve been buddies for all these years…’
To be continued To an amazingly beautiful young lady! Hope you drive your car as well as you hit the target with your gun.
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