Group of SEPTA Employees Claims $107.5 Million Powerball® Jackpot
During his lunch break, Bryant Vaders purchased 120 quick-picked Powerball tickets for his office Lottery pool, leading to a $107.5 million jackpot for the group. The group of winners, also known as SEPTA 48, put money into an office Lottery pool for the $172.7 million April 25 drawing, as they always do for a jackpot over $100 million.
“We always try to go to different retailers to buy our tickets,” Vaders said.
The group’s ticket, purchased at the Newsstand at the Gallery at Ninth and Market Streets in Philadelphia, matched all five white balls, 04-25-29-34-43, and the red Powerball, 29, to win the third-largest Pennsylvania Lottery prize ever awarded.
“I was really busy when I got a call from Bryant that the winning ticket was sold at the Gallery,” said Pamela Schurgot, another group organizer and manager of contract grant compliance at SEPTA. “I thought he was messing around, but I dropped everything to check the tickets.”
“We won!” Schurgot yelled from her office. She began writing an email to announce the news, but before she could finish, employees flooded her office.
Through Lottery funding, last fiscal year SEPTA provided more than 25.3 million free-transit and reduced-fare shared rides to older residents of Philadelphia and surrounding counties.
Each member describes the SEPTA employees as one big family that looks out for each other, and the group has received well wishes from many fellow employees who didn’t buy into the pool.
“No one plans to quit their jobs,” Schurgot said. “This money will just make everyone’s lives comfortable and free of financial stress.”
Each of the 48 group members receive $2,240,276.63, less federal withholding.
Newsstand at the Gallery receives a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Newsstand at the Gallery has been a Pennsylvania Lottery partner since 2001.
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