Office Buddies Team Up to Win Lottery

Win Lottery While most state employees are facing layoffs and reduced benefits, seven New York government workers have just come into millions -- but not because of the generosity of their employer. The technology workers in the state's Homes and Community Renewal agency in Albany pooled their resources to buy several Quick Pick tickets for the Mega Millions lottery drawing, and hit the $319 million jackpot.

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This brings office camaraderie and co-worker cooperation to a whole new level. They have the option of splitting the total prize in payments over 25 years, or take a one-time lump sum payment of $202.9 million before taxes. If they choose the latter, the seven winners would split $134 million, or $19.1 million each, after taxes. Welcome to a brand-new life.

It's still unknown as to what their choice will be -- they haven't even come forward to claim their prize yet. But they have an entire year to do so, and few winners take that long. Odds are that none of them will continue their work for the state once they collect, thus opening up positions for others more in need of a full-time job. A representative for the union they belong to says the union is thrilled.


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Vanessia

I am also a state employee not of NY, but in another state. I am also in our own lotto group I say CONGRATS to who ever won you truly deserve it and I am happy that someone did win may you all enjoy your new chapter of your lives.

March 28 2011 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Art & Nan

That is COOL!!! Congrats!

March 28 2011 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lee

What a bunch of sore losers. They are government workers not millionaires. How do you know they didn't buy tickets on their lunch hours? They stole nothing.
I'm glad I don't play cards with such SORE LOSERS.
Congratulations to you lucky NY winners from me here in So. Carolina.

March 28 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
LL

THERE YOU HAVE IT, ....again ! The ones who always win are those who hardly need the money, for if they did - they would have grabbed it already; and New York won 24 times sicne the onset of this game in 2002 ? WHERE IS THE INVESTIGATION ??? Wisconsin found the edge also ! What about the rest of the 41 states ? WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF THIS ???

Joh Stossel would say, "GIVE~ME~A~BREAK !"

March 28 2011 at 7:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Denise

You watch way too much faux news. State workers are hardly rich, most work a second job and those who work with communities at risk are doing jobs that you certainly wouldn't be willing to do. So they deserve the money. They pooled their money like so many other office workers do and got lucky. Get a life.

March 28 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
bakethis

There's seven new job openings in Albany!

March 28 2011 at 7:13 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Carol

What a bunch of sour grapes you Commenters are...sheeze be happy for these people instead of begrudging them their winnings. State government workers don't make a lot of money, it's the jackarses in higher positions raking in the ridiculous salaries. I'm happy for these people and hope they invest it wisely. I'm sure they're of varied age groups, so the older workers probably would prefer the lump sum amount otherwise their money might out live them! :-) I just bought 3 Powerball quick picks for Florida's lottery up to $153 million now. Lump sum? You betcha!

March 28 2011 at 7:12 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Robin

Hey...goes79, You are a poor excuse for a human being! even calling you that is a STRETCH!!!

March 28 2011 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MrLatino2008

They pretty much robbed other people's chances. Hope they enjoy the time with it, the money will dry up as quick as their road to the unemployment line.

March 28 2011 at 6:15 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
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Miracle Kate

Ok Mrlatino2008, please tell us all how these taxpaying citizens robbed other citizens chances. To me it looks like they took the chances and chance was in their favor. Perhaps you are a little jealous to the fact someone other than you has won. Get a grip and get over it mrlatino. This is America where we have the freedom to choose.

March 28 2011 at 7:32 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
sugarcreekchile

Poor idiot Mexican flag waver was robbed of his chance to win. I guess he's upset because he was standing in line in Albany, NY right behind the guy who bought the winning ticket which is highly unlikely. No one was robbed of a chance to win. There's no limit on the number of lottery tickets an individual or group can buy and workplace pools are common. What difference does it make if one person buys $25 worth of tickets or a group does? Only 1 ticket is going to win and the odds against winning are enormous. I'm happy to see 7 people sharing the wealth. I don't play the lottery because it's just money thrown down the drain even if it's just $1 since the chance of winning is next to nothing.

March 28 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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kevinjbarrett1

Their chance of winning was next to nothing but, they won. You don't buy a ticket= ZERO chance.

March 29 2011 at 2:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
memaw7824

With that much money I think I would prefer to have it over 25 years, but wonder if it would be possible that they could go bankrupt or something and a person would lose out on their money. ???

March 28 2011 at 6:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Mark Hammonds

Congratulations to the winners! I have played our state lottery and then the Power Ball for about 25 years. But no more than $5 at a time. Won a total of $80 in that 25 years. I also agree that the taxes going to the government are too much. Especially since the government wasn't at risk or took part in the bet! And, if any of those winners place that taxed money in a savings account or CD, it will be taxed again! I'm in the wrong business!

March 28 2011 at 6:02 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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