Costco Co-Workers Split $50 Million Powerball Win

Powerball winners: Costco workers.

By Ashley Jennings

The Massachusetts Lottery confirmed that two Costco co-workers are the winners of a $50 million Powerball prize.

According to lottery officials, 52-year-old Rosa DeLeon and 54-year-old Reginald LeBlanc, who work at the Costco in Waltham, Mass., bought the winning ticket to Wednesday's jackpot.

The Boston Globe reports that over the past 10 months, DeLeon would regularly buy two Powerball tickets, write their names on the back, and give LeBlanc a copy.

Today, her weekly purchases paid off.

The two appeared at a news conference at state lottery headquarters to accept a $33 million lump-sum payment, which comes to $23.1 million after taxes.

The winning ticket, sold at a Shell gas station in Lexington, Mass., had the numbers 8-10-25-36-44, and a Powerball of 28.

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"About a year ago we sold a $1 million ticket. Not a $50 million, but still pretty good," Shell store manager Adam Muise told ABC News.

Muise says that LeBlanc came into his store this morning with the winning ticket, somewhat in shock.

"He walked in and he stood off to the side and didn't really say anything," Muise said. "We asked if he needed help with anything and continued to talk about someone winning, and he calmly said, 'I won.' He had a copy of the winning ticket."

Muise said his fellow store workers congratulated LeBlanc, who said he was waiting for the friend with whom he was splitting the money.

The lucky store location, which sold a $1 million winning scratch-off ticket last year, will receive a $50,000 commission for selling the ticket.

"I hope that people feel that we're lucky and come in and buy some lottery tickets and some more Powerball, and help our sales out over here," Muise said.

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Thank God they are not on welfare. Nothing frost me more than someone on welfare winning the lottery.

February 28 2013 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good for them. I'll bet they still shop for Costco. Great company. Great products. And Great People.

December 26 2012 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cool..First thing to do...Go shopping at Costco and let themcheck you your comment here

December 19 2012 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Finally, someone who won it and will know how to manage it.

I always cringe when people say, "Oh, I hope someone who really NEEDS it wins it." Any adult who really needs it and is buying lottery tickets with their meager resources has no business playing the lottery. They are clearly poor money managers and will be the same with a few million dollars in their pockets.

These hard working, lovely people, though -- good on you guys!

December 19 2012 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As said by a wise man "I'll keep on planting cabbages" May their good luck continue.

December 19 2012 at 7:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yea Hazel, if quality and customer service are not important

December 19 2012 at 7:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good for them..... Now if one will go spend some at a dentists office it would be great.....

December 19 2012 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

now that they won and don;t have to work for a while there going shopping to sams club to save $$$$

December 18 2012 at 6:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

what a nice story! Congrats to you both!

December 18 2012 at 12:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

If they get the right people they both will have decent retirements in the future. Good for them.

December 18 2012 at 11:27 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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