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16 N.Y. biotech workers claim $58M Mega Millions jackpot

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Posted: May 1, 2015, 8:23 am - IP Logged

Congrats to those Lucky winners.

Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

For a lead role in a cage?

 

                                            From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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    Posted: May 1, 2015, 9:06 am - IP Logged

    Congrats to all the winners,can,t help but notice that beautiful fine one,in the blue dress.

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      Posted: May 1, 2015, 10:06 am - IP Logged

      I think its all fake........

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        Posted: May 1, 2015, 11:56 am - IP Logged

        Congrats to the Lucky 16 Trust. Hmm, I wonder why they are hiding under glasses and or hats. Could it be because deep inside, they don't want any publicity?.

        Their hiding because their names were published and they'll soon be receiving magic jack calls from around the world. The ones standing in the back were smart.

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          Posted: May 1, 2015, 11:56 am - IP Logged

          "each winner receiving $1.65 million after taxes"

          That amount invested in VWEAX would yield around $92,000 before-tax annual dividends . . very nice supplemental income!

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            Posted: May 1, 2015, 12:40 pm - IP Logged

            LOL!!!

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              Posted: May 1, 2015, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

              Each week, the pool members would chip in $4 and take turns purchasing a set of multistate lottery tickets, using a different store each week

              32 tickets per draw. Nice! I wonder if there were some coworkers who dropped out of the pool after months of nothing but losers. *shudders*

              Sad to say that right after I thought "what a great story" I then thought, please don't let any of the non-playing coworkers sue them for their winnings, as so often happens in cases like this. 

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                Their hiding because their names were published and they'll soon be receiving magic jack calls from around the world. The ones standing in the back were smart.

                It could well be that these people were told where to stand.That female on the left works out, notice the stance- could probably threw a guy  under 100 lbs across the room if called for, don't mess with her.The standard bearer of this unit, the guy with Inspector Closeau hat doesn't give a crap whether people make him out or not..Probably has a " Beware of the Dogs" sign on his fence to begin with. 

                People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                  Posted: May 1, 2015, 9:08 pm - IP Logged

                  A group of 16 workers at a Manhattan biotech company who pooled their cash to buy Mega Millions tickets have claimed a $58 million jackpot from the March 24 drawing.

                  The ceremonial prize check was presented to the group Thursday at the store where they bought the winning Quick Pick Millions ticket: Carlton Cards in Penn Plaza.

                  The lucky winners said it took a few hours of checking, double-checking, and triple-checking their tickets before they believed their fantastic fortune.

                  The 16 include residents of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, as well as workers from New Jersey and California. They will split a ?lump-sum cash payment of $38,334,435, with each winner receiving $1.65 million after taxes, according to state lottery officials.

                  "We went from one person's computer to another's checking each person's scan of the ticket because we wanted to be absolutely sure," recalled Evelyn Harrison, chief operating officer of Opthotech Corporation in Penn Plaza, where workers have been playing the lottery together since 2010.

                  Each week, the pool members would chip in $4 and take turns purchasing a set of multistate lottery tickets, using a different store each week.

                  This time, the "Lucky 16 Trust," as they're calling themselves, did their purchasing on March 24 at Carlton Cards, just two levels down and around the corner from their Penn Plaza offices.

                  "There was a lot of buzz around the office following the drawing as everyone learned the jackpot winner was sold in our building," Harrison said. "A few of us decided we should probably check our numbers."

                  But the proof on the first few computer screens didn't stop them from checking the winning numbers back and forth, computer to computer, out of disbelief, Harrison said.

                  "Once we were convinced, we sent an email to everyone else to tell them to check out the winning numbers for themselves," she remembered.

                  "As you can imagine, we were all in a little bit of disbelief," added winner Kevin Berth of Hainesport, N.J. "Not everyone was in the office at the same time, so it took a little while for everyone to get the news."

                  When all doubt was finally dispelled, the Lucky 16 Trust met in a conference room to let the news sink in — and do some jumping around.

                  "There was a lot of energy in that room," said another winner, Opthotech employee Matthew Jung of Edgewater, N.J.

                  "We told ourselves to focus on work like nothing had happened. But something did happen," Jung said. "And, to be honest, we didn't accomplish a lot that day."

                  The winners' plans for the money range from paying off school loans and mortgages to investing for retirement.

                  The group has pledged to look out for one another, Harrison said.

                  "We're a small group," she said. "We ground each other. We won't let anyone get carried away."

                  Carlton Cards — which sold a $1 million Powerball jackpot ticket in 2010 — will get a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning Mega Millions winning ticket, according to lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman.

                  "I am happy that somebody won the ticket," store manager Jay Patel, 69, of East Brunswick, said Thursday.

                  "And I heard that there are more than one [winner] and that's very good, too! We have lots of winners every month in this store. I think it's a lucky store!" he laughed.

                  The store on the bottom floor of the busy transit hub has become the unofficial Lottery gaming center of New York; more Lottery tickets have been sold there than at any other location in the state, records show.

                  Carlton Cards is decorated with signs proclaiming big Lottery wins — including two $1 million jackpots — at the shop.  Now the store will be adding a sign for a $58 million lottery jackpot win.

                  The winning numbers were 2, 23, 32, 45, and 55, with Mega Ball number 12.

                  The sixteen winners are:

                  • Walesca Ayala of the Bronx, N.Y.
                  • William Barber of Hackensack, N.J.
                  • Kevin Berth of Hainesport, N.J.
                  • Desiree Beutelspacher fo Venice, Calif.
                  • Valerie Chiong of Union City, N.J.
                  • Sonia Cruz of the Bronx, N.Y.
                  • Janice Graboso of New Brunswick, N.J.
                  • Evelyn Harrison of West New York, N.J.
                  • Matthew Jung of Edgewater, N.J.
                  • Natasha Malik of Long Island City, N.Y.
                  • Harvey Masonson of Accord, N.Y.
                  • Natasha Moore of Brooklyn, N.Y.
                  • Yordak Salermo of Manhattan, N.Y.
                  • Samantha Scroxton of Jersey City
                  • Denise Teuber of Manhattan, N.Y.
                  • Lillian Vazquez of Jersey City, N.J.

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                  Judging from the photograph, it seems many winners don't like having their identities revealed.

                   

                  If you live in New York, please contact your Governor and local representative and point out how dangerous it is for lottery winners to be required to have their identities published.

                   

                  It is time all state lotteries allowed winners to remain anonymous, as is the cas is the case in Australia and the UK.

                  We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                    Posted: May 1, 2015, 9:09 pm - IP Logged

                    Sad to say that right after I thought "what a great story" I then thought, please don't let any of the non-playing coworkers sue them for their winnings, as so often happens in cases like this. 

                    I Agree!...If it does happen, we will know we heard it here first. 

                    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                      Sad to say that right after I thought "what a great story" I then thought, please don't let any of the non-playing coworkers sue them for their winnings, as so often happens in cases like this. 

                      Usually the ones who dishonestly want a share sue before the group goes to claim. It's a little late to sue now, IMHO

                      That money's gone fo ever

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                        Posted: May 1, 2015, 11:28 pm - IP Logged

                        Usually the ones who dishonestly want a share sue before the group goes to claim. It's a little late to sue now, IMHO

                        Nope, not too late. I remember one coworker sued well after the money was distributed to the winners.

                        I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

                        The odds are about the same.

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                          Posted: May 2, 2015, 12:15 am - IP Logged

                          "each winner receiving $1.65 million after taxes"

                          That amount invested in VWEAX would yield around $92,000 before-tax annual dividends . . very nice supplemental income!

                          If I can get that every week, you would not hear me complain.

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                            Posted: May 2, 2015, 10:18 am - IP Logged

                            Yay for office lottery pools.  Congrats to the group.  Still prefer a single winner just to make the "that's-too-much-for-one-person" crowd whine and cry.

                             

                            Our own office lottery pool has been inactive as we only play at $100m cash option or more.

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                            singlewinnersinglewinnersinglewinner   

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                              Posted: May 2, 2015, 11:13 am - IP Logged

                              Yay for office lottery pools.  Congrats to the group.  Still prefer a single winner just to make the "that's-too-much-for-one-person" crowd whine and cry.

                               

                              Our own office lottery pool has been inactive as we only play at $100m cash option or more.

                              Hey Piaceri

                              It's time for a TEXAS winner!

                              CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

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