1. Headline
  1. Headline
msnbc.com
updated 8/11/2011 9:40:19 PM ET 2011-08-12T01:40:19

Disappointment turned into celebration and happiness after a group of manufacturing plant employees in Ottawa won $7 million in the lottery a day after their company announced layoffs, reported CBC News.

  1. Stories from
    1. Katy Perry Packs How Many Shoes on Her Prismatic Tour?
    2. The Winklevoss Twins Will Play Themselves on HBO's Silicon Valley
    3. Apple CEO Tim Cook Plans to Donate Bulk of Fortune to Charity
    4. See the Best Celeb Food Photos of the Week from Nina Dobrev, Jared Leto & More
    5. FROM EW: Outlander Featurette Shows What Married Life Is Like for Jamie & Claire

The prize, from Lotto 6/49, was won Wednesday by a total of 18 employees, 10 of whom received layoff notices from SMART technologies, according to one of the winners, Colin Willard.

Willard worked at SMART for seven years before receiving the layoff notice Tuesday. He had only been back to work for a week after taking a six-month absence due to a bad back, according to CBC.

"I started to shake, vibrate in my seat, and then I had to get out and tell some of the people that were in, and no one believed me," Willard told CBC of discovering the win.

The group of winners will travel to Toronto Friday to confirm their win, Willard said.

"We all know that $400,000 doesn't make you rich," said winner Tony Mather, 50, in an interview with CBC. "That comfort zone for the rest of your life is the nice story."

SMART Technologies confirmed on Wednesday to CBC that it was laying off 200 of its 300 assembly plant employees in Ottawa. Manufacturing will move to Mexico.

© 2013 msnbc.com Reprints

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Everett Collection, Getty Images

    'The Sound of Music' is 50! See the stars reunite for its anniversary

    3/27/2015 4:18:51 PM +00:00 2015-03-27T16:18:51
  1. Jason Merritt / Getty Images

    Zayn Malik opens up about 'crazy' One Direction exit

    3/27/2015 2:48:15 PM +00:00 2015-03-27T14:48:15
  1. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

    Duchess Kate's pretty in pink one month before royal baby's birth

    3/27/2015 2:42:36 PM +00:00 2015-03-27T14:42:36
  1. Martin Meissner / AP

    Germanwings co-pilot’s homes are searched, items seized

    3/27/2015 11:48:01 AM +00:00 2015-03-27T11:48:01