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They made a mil­lion dol­lars’ worth of Three Vil­lages his­tory 15 years ago

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

Couldn’t be prouder! Love you, Mommy, Roger Shawn, Jas­mine Isa­iah-Ja­cob, Kas­san­dra Daddy, Tara Sarah, Kasey Grammy and Grampy

Pappa

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