Win­ning call

4 friends share $3.5M Lotto 6/49 wind­fall

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - — Sun staff

It was a call that Ashok Prashar won’t soon for­get.

When Prashar saw he had a voice­mail mes­sage from Western Canada Lot­tery Cor­po­ra­tion, he thought it was a re­minder to re­new the Lotto 6/49 sub­scrip­tion he shares with three close friends. But he was in for a sur­prise when he re­turned the call.

“We don’t call you for re­newals,” the WCLC rep­re­sen­ta­tive told him. “We call you when you’ve won.”

Prashar and his friends won $3.5 mil­lion in the Nov. 4 Lotto 6/49 draw. They shared the $7 mil­lion prize with a win­ning ticket in On­tario. The win­ning num­bers were 1, 2, 6, 21, 22 and 33.

Prashar said he called his friends — Bhadresh Bhatt, Swatan­ter Parb­hakar and Ravi Ch­hibba - right away. But he didn’t want to share the news over the phone and they ar­ranged to get to­gether.

“I thought he was go­ing to ask for money to re­new the sub­scrip­tion,” Ch­hibba joked.

“We didn’t know if there was some­thing wrong,” said Parb­hakar. “But we’ve been friends for years. If one of us needs some­thing, we’ll be there.”

They met at a cof­fee shop, and Prashar wasted lit­tle time shar­ing the good news, like some­thing out of a Lotto 6/49 ad.

“I just said, ’We won three and a half mil­lion dol­lars,” Prashar said.

“I asked if he was sure,” Bhatt said. “He gave me the num­ber of the lady from WCLC and said to call her my­self. She con­firmed it — that’s when I be­lieved him.”

The long-time friends said they haven’t had much time yet to con­sider what to do with their wind­fall.

The four and their wives have al­ready been planning an Alaskan cruise.

“We’ll have lots of time to talk about it then,” Parb­hakar said.

Swatan­ter Parb­hakar, left, Ravi Ch­hibba, Bhadresh Bhatt and Ashok Prashar are all smiles af­ter win­ning the $3.5-mil­lion the Nov. 4 Lotto 6/49 jack­pot.

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