By Todd Northrop
JEFFERSON, Ohio — A lucky group of 22 co-workers were at the Ohio Lottery's Youngstown office Monday to claim their share of last week's $99 million Mega Millions jackpot.
The Ohio lottery said most of the 22 work for KraftMaid in Jefferson, Ashtabula County, midway between Cleveland and Youngstown. The majority of the winners work together in the logistics and customer service departments at the cabinet making company. The group has been playing the lottery for several years.
Each winner will get about $2 million after state and federal taxes are subtracted. According to the lottery, the 22 lucky winners opted for the cash option, and should receive their prize checks in about four weeks.
The winning ticket was purchased at a Speedway in Jefferson, about 43 miles north of Warren, and about 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border.
Speedway receives a $99,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
As a group, they said they were still in shock and paying off bills was top-of-mind for each of the winners.
The 22 winners are:
- Arnette Badanjek of Southington
- Germaine Bolden of Mentor
- Thomas Bolden of Whitmore Lake
- Jennifer Brown of Chardon
- Kahemba Butler of Warren
- Jennifer Carpenter of Dorset
- Lynn Clifton of Rome
- LaDawn Cramer of Garrettsville
- Susan Durman of Huntsburg
- Cheryl Getzy of Concord
- Joni Hardin of Jefferson
- Kathleen Holesko of Newton Falls
- David Hostetler of Middlefield
- Beverly Kaser of Garrettsville
- Marjorie Langreder of West Farmington
- Chastity Lewis of Niles
- Margaret Lindic of Burton
- Denise Moss of Garrettsville
- Donald Rosette of Aurora
- Kimberly Wallace of Middlefield
- Michael Weaver of Burton
- Dennis Wolford of Southington
Friday's ticket was the 16th Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold by an Ohio Lottery retailer since the state joined the game in May 2002.
The lottery says the odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in more than 175 million.