Costco workers share $202 million jackpot

June 16, 2011 at 1:35 PM
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MELVILLE, N.Y., June 16 (UPI) -- At least one of the 20 Costco employees who hit a $201.9 million Powerball jackpot June 1 plans to retire.

Anthony Manzolillo, 73, said he bought the winning ticket for the Powerball drawing at a stationery store on Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst May 31, WCBS-TV, New York, reported. Manzolillo said when he originally went to buy lottery tickets for the pool of co-workers, he left the money at home and had to come back to the store to take advantage of a special offer of free Quick Pick numbers for every $10 spent.

"We got in when the jackpot was $144 million," winner Kim Karkota told 1010 WINS-AM, New York. "We each paid $5 per drawing. We decided if we won anything, we would roll it right back into the pot."

The 20 winners, who range in age from 24 to 73, picked up their giant check Thursday at the Costco store in Melville on Long Island, where most of them still work even after getting the good news.

The winning numbers were 8-18-38-46-56 with the winning Powerball number 31.

Maulik & Chandni, the stationery store that sold the lucky ticket, will receive a $10,000 bonus.

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