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Bell Helicopter employees win $28 million lottery jackpot

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FORT WORTH, Tx. — A $5 weekly investment in a lottery office pool has paid off for a group of Bell Helicopter employees in Fort Worth, Texas.

The group of seven men and three women learned they won the $28 million jackpot Sunday morning.

The winning Lotto Texas numbers were 13, 36, 38, 45, 46, and 49.

"When I saw that we had all six numbers, I just lost it... man, I lost it!" Mario Mercado said.

Mercado told News 8 he purchased the ticket Thursday at the Crossroads Shell Station on Western Center Boulevard in Fort Worth. He said each of the investors in the office pool will take home approximately $1.6 million after taxes.

Mercado is a dispatcher at Bell Helicopter in Roanoke, and so are a majority of his co-workers who won.

The group called in sick Monday and went down to Austin to claim their prize.

"We all work in the same department; it wasn't a good day for them," Mercado said. "They practically shut down the place."

The 51-year-old hasn't decided if he will quit his job, but he said his wife told her company she will stop working.

The winners celebrated together on Mother's Day at Billy Miner's Saloon in Fort Worth.

"From the get-go they were real giddy," said owner Dante Martinez. "The more people came, the words they were saying is, 'Can you believe it? Can you believe it? Can you believe it?"

Mercado said the group of friends have known each other for years, and they are not expecting any problems claiming the prize.

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Posted: May 16, 2012, 11:13 am - IP Logged

That's it! I give up. I'm joining a lottery pool! (YEAH RIGHT)

 

Congratulations to the winners.

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    Posted: May 16, 2012, 11:29 am - IP Logged

    A $5 weekly investment in a lottery office pool has paid off for a group of Bell Helicopter employees in Fort Worth, Texas.

    The group of seven men and three women learned they won the $28 million jackpot Sunday morning.

    The winning Lotto Texas numbers were 13, 36, 38, 45, 46, and 49.

    "When I saw that we had all six numbers, I just lost it... man, I lost it!" Mario Mercado said.

    Mercado told News 8 he purchased the ticket Thursday at the Crossroads Shell Station on Western Center Boulevard in Fort Worth. He said each of the investors in the office pool will take home approximately $1.6 million after taxes.

    Mercado is a dispatcher at Bell Helicopter in Roanoke, and so are a majority of his co-workers who won.

    The group called in sick Monday and went down to Austin to claim their prize.

    "We all work in the same department; it wasn't a good day for them," Mercado said. "They practically shut down the place."

    The 51-year-old hasn't decided if he will quit his job, but he said his wife told her company she will stop working.

    The winners celebrated together on Mother's Day at Billy Miner's Saloon in Fort Worth.

    "From the get-go they were real giddy," said owner Dante Martinez. "The more people came, the words they were saying is, 'Can you believe it? Can you believe it? Can you believe it?"

    Mercado said the group of friends have known each other for years, and they are not expecting any problems claiming the prize.

    You all be some lucky folks.
    Every time I run out to get lotto tickets, I'm reminded by someone close to me,
    "I just want to see you win 1 million, not 50 million, and I be happy".

    I'd be happy too. and look - you all did it.

    Have fun witcho' winnins'.

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      Posted: May 16, 2012, 11:59 am - IP Logged

      Congrats to the winners.......Hurray! I know every time were in Texas we always play Lotto Texas....

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        Posted: May 16, 2012, 11:59 am - IP Logged

        Hurray for pools!!!   Banana    Naughty     Party

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          Posted: May 16, 2012, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

          Hurray for pools!!!   Banana    Naughty     Party

          Razz @ lottery pools

          but am happy they won

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            Posted: May 16, 2012, 12:31 pm - IP Logged

            nice $5 investment Smash

            "You have to be in it to win it!"


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              Posted: May 16, 2012, 1:01 pm - IP Logged

              Razz @ lottery pools

              but am happy they won

              Razz    Thanks to their warm refreshing lotto pool.  Cheers

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                Posted: May 16, 2012, 1:13 pm - IP Logged

                Congrats to winners. Hopefully most of them are old people.

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                  Posted: May 16, 2012, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

                  congrats to the winners.  i hope they are smart with their win!

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                    Posted: May 16, 2012, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

                    A $5 weekly investment in a lottery office pool has paid off for a group of Bell Helicopter employees in Fort Worth, Texas.

                    The group of seven men and three women learned they won the $28 million jackpot Sunday morning.

                    The winning Lotto Texas numbers were 13, 36, 38, 45, 46, and 49.

                    "When I saw that we had all six numbers, I just lost it... man, I lost it!" Mario Mercado said.

                    Mercado told News 8 he purchased the ticket Thursday at the Crossroads Shell Station on Western Center Boulevard in Fort Worth. He said each of the investors in the office pool will take home approximately $1.6 million after taxes.

                    Mercado is a dispatcher at Bell Helicopter in Roanoke, and so are a majority of his co-workers who won.

                    The group called in sick Monday and went down to Austin to claim their prize.

                    "We all work in the same department; it wasn't a good day for them," Mercado said. "They practically shut down the place."

                    The 51-year-old hasn't decided if he will quit his job, but he said his wife told her company she will stop working.

                    The winners celebrated together on Mother's Day at Billy Miner's Saloon in Fort Worth.

                    "From the get-go they were real giddy," said owner Dante Martinez. "The more people came, the words they were saying is, 'Can you believe it? Can you believe it? Can you believe it?"

                    Mercado said the group of friends have known each other for years, and they are not expecting any problems claiming the prize.

                    congrat's to the 10 new winners. The fact that the whole group called off sick, to go claim the prize is defintely something to LOL about. Best line to me & I have to quote it " We all work in the same department; it wasn't a good day for them,"ROFL

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                      Posted: May 16, 2012, 6:28 pm - IP Logged

                      i wonder if any of them will buy a helicopter together?

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                        Posted: May 16, 2012, 6:50 pm - IP Logged

                        i wonder if any of them will buy a helicopter together?

                        Skepticalcolor me curious .....

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                          Posted: May 16, 2012, 7:38 pm - IP Logged

                          i wonder if any of them will buy a helicopter together?

                          Green laugh

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                            Posted: May 16, 2012, 9:52 pm - IP Logged

                            I think there might be one more player that won. A lot of times when people play in a lottery pool, and they win, someone will come out of the woodwork and say " I was in it too !". Let's hope they got all their ducks in a row.  Party