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Seven Albany state workers won $319 million lottery prize

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hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

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Posted: March 27, 2011, 6:29 pm - IP Logged

I dunno which kills me more

 

the fact that the numerous tickets were bought @ such an old store or the fact it was a 7 way split amongst  IT GEEKS

 

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    Posted: March 27, 2011, 6:35 pm - IP Logged

    I dunno which kills me more

     

    the fact that the numerous tickets were bought @ such an old store or the fact it was a 7 way split amongst  IT GEEKS

     

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    I think it is the 7 way split!!Too many fingers in the cookie jar!!PartyDance

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      Posted: March 27, 2011, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

      I dont understand why guys here are so against many people pooling together to play and actually winning. I mean, all of them will earn millions of dollars after all is said and done. Is a shared jackpot not a jackpot? And even if some guy in the group didnt put in his share and sues to claim some of the pot, it still is a lot of money.

      Dont sweat the small stuff

      That money's gone fo ever

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        Posted: March 27, 2011, 8:07 pm - IP Logged

        ........looks like "Uncle Sam" is also a big winner here....it's pathetic how much the winner has to give away before they even get any !!.........Star

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          Posted: March 27, 2011, 8:40 pm - IP Logged

          Seven lucky New York state government workers earned some 'Capitol gains' when their office pool won a whopping $319 million jackpot in Friday night's drawing.

          The big winners are information-technology pros who work in Homes and Community Renewal, said sources. The agency has been slammed with more than $30 million in budget cuts.

          The brand-new millionaires hit it big with several Quick Pick tickets bought at Coulson's News Center, a century-old family-run convenience store in downtown Albany. They have a year to come forward and claim the prize.

          Once the workers lay claim to their millions, they have 60 days to decide if they'll take the money in payments over 25 years, or go for the lump-sum option, which would give them $202.9 million before taxes.

          After taxes — 25 percent, or $50.7 million, to Uncle Sam, and 8.97 percent, or $18.2 million, to the state — the workers would split $134 million, or $19.1 million each.

          Albany's new millionaires may soon be able to give up their jobs tending to servers and computers at DHCR, said Emanuel Biondi, a union representative with the state Public Employees Federation.

          "They're all just middle-class folks," Biondi said. "I'm thrilled for them."

          They've also got a newfound sense of financial security their colleagues lack. Albany's budget troubles have left many state workers worried that their jobs are in danger.

          Gov. Andrew Cuomo has threatened as many as 9,800 layoffs statewide and ordered every agency to cut its budget by 10 percent. While sources confirmed general details about the winning workers, they didn't provide The Post with any of the workers' names.

          One IT supervisor, Duane Averill, said he wasn't sure of the identities of his lucky colleagues — the IT section has dozens of employees. "I'd love to see them win," Averill said, laughing. "I might lose my entire unit, though."

          Coulson's store owner Steve Hutchins, 63, will get a $10,000 bonus from the state Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

          "It's very neat to know someone who comes into my store is going to be very wealthy from a ticket we sold them," Hutchins said. "It makes me feel warm inside."

          The Mega Millions multi-state lottery game is played in 41 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Friday's jackpot was the 5th highest in the game's history, and the 9th largest for any U.S. lottery game.  It is the largest Mega Millions jackpot won by a single ticket.

          The largest jackpot of all-time was a $390 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2007, split by two tickets from Georgia and New Jersey.

          The winning numbers in Friday's draw were 22, 24, 31, 52, and 54, with a Mega Ball number of 4.  The Megaplier was 4.

          This article here says the winners bought SEVERAL Quick picks and considering the respond that nickey t posted yesterday regarding how much New Yorkers spend on lotteries, i can't help but wonder how many quick picks this group brought. Does anyone know yet? Just curious

          Again as big as they spend on lotteries, obviously, the the state is making big bucks off lottery, why are they paying the store so low?  I guess Big spenders = low payers. That's a shame

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            Posted: March 27, 2011, 9:26 pm - IP Logged

            Congrats to the winners. Nice to see so many get to share the wealth.

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              Posted: March 27, 2011, 9:26 pm - IP Logged

              "Coulson's store owner Steve Hutchins, 63, will get a $10,000 bonus from the state Lottery for selling the winning ticket."

              Is that all they pay stores in NY for a jackpot selling bonus?

              In CA, the stores get 1/2 of one percent of the jackpot. In this case would have been about $1,000,000 for the store bonus. Just a tad sweeter than $10,000.

              It seems awfully generous to me. It's 10 grand more than they get for every other ticket they sell, and it's for exactly the same amount of work. I really don't undertand why the lottery just *gives* money away. I doubt that any businesses are making the decision of whether or not they want to be a retailer based on the very small chance that they'll sell a jackpoot winner, so what does the state get for their money?

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                Posted: March 27, 2011, 10:55 pm - IP Logged

                Of course, retailers do not enter into lottery contracts based on the contingency of selling a jackpot winner. Their primary income will be the 6% on ticket sales, but also the 0.5% of top prizes is across the board on most draw games.(up to $1,000,000 max) The merits of the larger top prize selling bonus are debatable, but the higher profits can give them more of an incentive to increase sales and to actually want their customers to win. That can help them with a positive attitude with a smile and a "good luck" to the customers they sell to if anything.

                As far as earning it, unfortunately the entire lottery system is a bit of an unfair collective. Hard work or how much someone paid into the system has no relation to either their odds of winning or their ability to collect on a large jackpot. It may seem unfair when we hear of a large jackpot going to some deadbeat druggie wifebeater, or someone who has only just started playing and paid only a small amount of money into the lottery pool, but that's the way it is. If a miniscule portion of the overall lottery funds goes to a good retailer as a nice bonus, I'm OK with that.

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                  Posted: March 28, 2011, 12:09 am - IP Logged

                  Since I didn't win it glad that a group did, spread the wealth. Also if just one person were to win and they let the money control them it'd be another case of Jack Whitaker where the opportunity just goes to waste. Hope these people make the most of this amazing opportunity.

                   

                  Gonna see if I can take home the PB jackpot or even the new MM, both would be great. With $50M I could spread it around friends/family/charity while with the MMs jackpot of $5M I can go about living a quiet life.

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                    Posted: March 28, 2011, 1:09 am - IP Logged

                    In these winning pool situations I always wonder about the people who were asked if they wanted to get in the pool and declined because:

                    "The lottery is such a waste of money". 

                    "Do you know what the odds are on that?"

                    "No thanks, I work too hard for my money to throw it away on pipe dreams."

                     

                    I can understand being sensible and realistic but sometimes cheapskates just use that as an excuse to be a tightwad.

                    I never could stand being around a cheapskate.

                    I never could stand on roller skates...hehehe

                    Seriously, congrats to the winners!

                    Isabel, you are going to feel very silly when this turns out to be make-believe.

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                      Posted: March 28, 2011, 2:32 am - IP Logged

                      we should start a sweepstakes,

                      how long untill the law suits start on this one.

                       

                      i 'll take april 22

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                        Posted: March 28, 2011, 6:32 am - IP Logged

                        we should start a sweepstakes,

                        how long untill the law suits start on this one.

                         

                        i 'll take april 22

                        LOL

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                          Posted: March 28, 2011, 12:37 pm - IP Logged

                          I hope that they enjoy paying the enormous taxes that it takes to pay State Employees!

                          LOL

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                            Posted: March 28, 2011, 5:54 pm - IP Logged

                            This is another "pool" win.  Hope it doesn't end up with "you were supposed to put me in for this week" or any other type of claim.

                            IT types tend to be anal-ytical so perhaps they have their ducks in a row (email signup and verification of payment for particular draw). LOL

                             

                            Coulson's store owner Steve Hutchins, 63, will get a $10,000 bonus from the state Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

                            "It's very neat to know someone who comes into my store is going to be very wealthy from a ticket we sold them," Hutchins said. "It makes me feel warm inside."

                            I can't say I share Mr. Hutchins sentiments...actually, anytime I see that my winning tickets don't match those numbers drawn, I feel quite cold inside.  Then again, I don't expect to win but it sure would be nice if I did win....heck even the drawing for Tuesday would be most welcomed into my bank account.Crying

                            Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                            The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                              Posted: March 28, 2011, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

                              Since I didn't win it glad that a group did, spread the wealth. Also if just one person were to win and they let the money control them it'd be another case of Jack Whitaker where the opportunity just goes to waste. Hope these people make the most of this amazing opportunity.

                               

                              Gonna see if I can take home the PB jackpot or even the new MM, both would be great. With $50M I could spread it around friends/family/charity while with the MMs jackpot of $5M I can go about living a quiet life.

                              I agree with your thoughts in the first paragraph, but not the second one.  I don't care what the cash value jackpot amount I take home, be it $50M or $5million, I have no friends I could see "giving" any of it to.  Of course, I would take care of my mother and brother (I have 3 as well as 3 sisters...trust me, I would not even begin to put myself out there as the family bank because 1 bro and 1 sis in particular would drain me penniless).  And the only charities I would support are my own charity...and maybe a little to my college alma mater.  But that is it.  Why?  The best way to experience financial security in America is to either work for the government (just ask Barack Obama or any other federal/state worker) or to run a charitable organization (yes, this includes churches...especially churches and religious organizations).

                               

                              On a side note, if I were to win, I would want to be like Jack (Whitaker).CheersBananaPartyNot really, but I would have so much fun as a jackpot millionaire.  And I would purposely go on TLC's "How The Lottery Changed My Life" to state "Yes MONEY CAN BUY you happiness...when I didn't have a lot of money, I wasn't happy.  Now that I am richer than I ever could have become through working, I am always so happy when I drive my new luxury car, step inside my marvelous luxury home, fly first class everywhere I go, stay in the poshest hotels, and only concern myself about the management of the money God allowed me to win."  Yes indeed, money can buy you happiness!!!

                              Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                              The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!