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Employees hit Florida Lottery raffle jackpot

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A group of lucky workers from a distributor of electronic components will celebrate Independence Day much differently next year.

Sandra Pope-Guerriero of Pinellas Park, who works at Cross Components Inc. claimed a $1 million prize for herself and seven coworkers who pitched in to buy 16 Florida Lottery Firecracker tickets.

Pope-Guerriero bought the winning ticket at Rockwell's Pub & Liquors on Starkey Road, one of two lottery retailers in the same shopping plaza that sold winning tickets.

The holder of the other ticket bought a $20 Firecracker at Tobacco Discount #2, but hadn't turned in his numbers yet.

The eight coworkers who pooled their money have received a lump sum payment of about $93,750 each, according to lottery spokesman Alfred Bea. The employees at the company's headquarters on Starkey Road just got their money on Monday, said Pope-Guerriero.

The government takes 25 percent off the top even before the money is distributed leaving it to the winners to work out their tax bills with their accountants.

"I'm happy," said Pope-Guerriero, who said she intends to keep on working. "I'll pay a few bills. It's not going to change my life."

Tampa Bay Newspapers

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Posted: July 11, 2007, 3:10 pm - IP Logged

I hope the Employees from Florida step forward and not have financial problems later in life.

    justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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    Posted: July 11, 2007, 6:40 pm - IP Logged

    This is a nice story.  The article didn't say the ticket was claimed in the name of a Trust.  I don't know how that would affect the total tax, but I think the IRS will consider that to be one win so they might get hit with the tax on the entire million.  Still, getting over $80,000 clear is a nice surprise...a lot better than my zero!

      Litebets27's avatar - power
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      Posted: July 11, 2007, 8:36 pm - IP Logged

      I can say one thing about Florideans..... they seem to find much success in Pooling their funds and winning at the big jackpots.

      Congrats to these co-workers.

      litebets

      Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

      Come on Jackpot!!!

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        Posted: July 11, 2007, 11:46 pm - IP Logged

        I hope the Employees from Florida step forward and not have financial problems later in life.

        They already did "step forward ".  Did you read this story in it's entirety ?

        You might want to think about coming up with a new response to all news stories.

         

                                       

                      

         

         

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          Posted: July 13, 2007, 1:24 pm - IP Logged

          More groups won:

          Today's news...

          The seventh new millionaire was Alan Cartwright, of Oakland Park, who claimed the prize for a group of eight employees with Wema USA. He purchased their ticket at Publix, 100 W. Oakland Park Boulevard in Wilton Manors. Cartwright said he learned he had won when one of the guys in the group called him to relay the wonderful news. Cartwright was in shock and disbelief that they had won a large sum of money. Carwright said, "There are some pretty happy people in the workplace now."

          The eighth winner claim was Daniel Meyer, of Loxahatchee, for a group of five co-workers with American Airlines. The ticket was purchased at Kwik Stop Food Store, 730 W. Hallandale Beach Boulevard in Hallandale. Meyer stated that he is going to pay off all his debts and invest the rest of his new winnings.

          I like the next winner...works in a gas station and won $1 million all by himself.  He's going to quit his job at the Mobil and get a job driving a semi-truck.