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1987 Pennsylvania Lottery winners to receive final payments

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When Ronald Shuey learned that he and his co-workers won the lottery in 1987, he imagined himself buying a shiny black Jaguar.

Sheri Charney started planning her new house.

Connie Connolly's husband thought he could buy a fancy boat.

Many were too excited to sleep the night of Oct. 21, 1987. The next morning, the 17 employees of the former Herman Avenue Elementary School in Lemoyne celebrated with coffee, doughnuts and fruit in the teachers lounge. Don't all lottery winners dream?

"It was surreal," recalled Deb Rundall of Lewisberry, then a first grade teachers.

Then, the winners got a dose of reality. They learned that their shared $1 million plus Super 7 lottery jackpot would be paid out over 25 years.

The annual $59,150.97 group payment would be reduced to $47,320.78 after Uncle Sam took a hefty 20 percent or $11,830.19. Each winner would get a $2,783.57 annual check, $231 a month. Suddenly, their dreams weren't quite in reach.

Everyone thought we were going to be millionaires," said Rebecca Hedden of Fairview Township, then a first grade teacher. "We weren't. Nobody quit their jobs. But every October, we got our checks."

Group members, dubbed "The Herman Avenue Super 7teen," reminisced Sunday about their experience during a party hosted by Hedden. Members will receive their final check on Monday.

Shuey said the group began buying lottery tickets in September 1986. The late Frank Diehl, school custodian, used to collect the lottery money and buy tickets on Tuesdays.

"Each of us would pay $5 a week, which was a lot in 1987," Hedden said. "Each of us would pick numbers for one of the tickets."

The group won with numbers picked by Connolly, who lives in Monroe Twp. and now is South Middleton School District director of special education.

"The day I picked the winning numbers, Frank was in a hurry when he stopped by to see me during a planning period," said Connolly, then a special-education teacher. "I picked my birthday and my husband's. Frank said, 'Just circle anything,' and that's what I did. I didn't give it another thought and I didn't watch the drawing."

Later that night, members began calling one another with news of their victory. Connolly thought her friends "were just yanking my chain." Her husband, however, took the news seriously.

"Tom was all excited," she said. "He wanted to buy a boat until he found out that it wasn't enough money."

Shuey said that his imagination "ran wild" when he heard of the win. He pictured himself in a shiny black Jaguar.

Charney, then a second-grade teacher and now a first-grade teacher at York Haven Elementary School, said she "thought we hit it big. I wanted to go out and buy a new house."

Cecelia Lyden of Camp Hill, then an art teacher, hadn't had the chance to pay Diehl $5 for her share before the winning ticket was bought. She said that he had paid her share, then reminded her after the win that she owed him $5.

Some of the winners had more practical dreams. Rundall and Larry Foose of Duncannon, then a third-grade teacher, each bought a piano for their families. Charney said she still uses the money for Christmas shopping. Others spoke of getting carpeting and kitchen appliances.

The group wore blue sweatshirts with a "Herman Avenue Super 7teen" logo when they received their award from lottery officials. They arranged for the West Shore Teachers Federal Credit Union to receive the annual payment and split it 17 ways.

Then, then went back to school.

"We didn't become millionaires," Foose said. "But this money has been a nice little bonus each year."

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Posted: October 22, 2012, 8:41 am - IP Logged

They need to be like the homeless man who scored $200k from a $10 scratch ticket.

Take their last check and cruise the state, scooping up scratchers from every town.

Good fortune favors the bold.  Banana

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    Posted: October 22, 2012, 9:09 am - IP Logged

    At least they can say, "Winning the lottery did not change my life" and actually be able to prove it.Smile

    Sorry to hear that their "extra" money dissapears this month.

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      Posted: October 22, 2012, 9:35 am - IP Logged

      I am sure that all of those teachers were thankful for whatever amount they got each year.  Every little bit helps.

      If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

      You never know when you will get another hit.

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        Posted: October 22, 2012, 10:52 am - IP Logged

        That was good $$ back then. These days it would cover your cell phone bill.

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          Posted: October 22, 2012, 10:58 am - IP Logged

          From elation to let-down....if I did the math right they won  $7.64  a day.....

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            That was good $$ back then. These days it would cover your cell phone bill.

            That would pay for my IMAX movie pass and popcorn.  Lurking


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              Posted: October 22, 2012, 11:03 am - IP Logged

              That was good $$ back then. These days it would cover your cell phone bill.

              LOL. That monthly check IS close to my cell phone bill......  lol. lol. lol.

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                Posted: October 22, 2012, 1:32 pm - IP Logged

                They can be thankful that Uncle Sam only took 20% taxes back then instead of the 35% that the government takes today and the 75% that Obama wants to start taking!

                When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow

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                  Posted: October 22, 2012, 1:36 pm - IP Logged

                  They can be thankful that Uncle Sam only took 20% taxes back then instead of the 35% that the government takes today and the 75% that Obama wants to start taking!

                  Where do you get such info from ? ( 75 %)

                  never take advise from someone unless you are willing to live their lifestyle

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                    Posted: October 22, 2012, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

                    Where do you get such info from ? ( 75 %)

                    Haven't you been paying attention for the past 4 years?Obama wants to raise taxes on the rich and give it to the poor.He ran on the "I'll redistibute the wealth"  slogan in 2008 and if re-elected I don't see him going back on his word,do you?

                    When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow

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                      florida
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                      Posted: October 22, 2012, 1:54 pm - IP Logged

                      Haven't you been paying attention for the past 4 years?Obama wants to raise taxes on the rich and give it to the poor.He ran on the "I'll redistibute the wealth"  slogan in 2008 and if re-elected I don't see him going back on his word,do you?

                      But he hasn't/ didnt do so in the last 4yrs , why would he do it now? 75% is pretty harsh , i highly doubt that .

                      never take advise from someone unless you are willing to live their lifestyle

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                        But he hasn't/ didnt do so in the last 4yrs , why would he do it now? 75% is pretty harsh , i highly doubt that .

                        2nd term = lame duck.

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                          Posted: October 22, 2012, 2:13 pm - IP Logged

                          But he hasn't/ didnt do so in the last 4yrs , why would he do it now? 75% is pretty harsh , i highly doubt that .

                          He's a democrat.He can't help himself.It's in his DNA to tax & spend.

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                            Posted: October 22, 2012, 2:49 pm - IP Logged

                            At least they can say, "Winning the lottery did not change my life" and actually be able to prove it.Smile

                            Sorry to hear that their "extra" money dissapears this month.

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