Perceived April Fools’ Day Joke Turns into $10,000 Reality [VIDEO]Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Nine Towson co-workers split Mega Millions Prize
A group of eight ecstatic co-workers walked into Lottery headquarters together this past Friday with an oversized “Mega Millions Winners” sign and giant smiles on their faces. The co-workers, who are also friends, laughed and ribbed each other during their visit. They didn’t win the record-breaking $656 million jackpot, but were thrilled to have won a $10,000 third-tier prize from that same drawing.
The group, who chose to disclose only their first names: Jeff, Mary, Sharon, Ellen, Bill, Tony, Mark, Greg and Lawrence (who was not in attendance) decided to buy tickets as a group during a company bowling outing. Jeff, the president of the company, said that he doesn’t regularly play the Lottery, “but had to because I’d be out of business if the group won the jackpot and all quit their jobs!” The lucky nine, who each put ten dollars into the pot, didn’t believe they had won at first. “We each got an e-mail from Tony on Monday morning saying that we won Mega Millions,” said Ellen. “It was April Fools’ Day and we thought it was a joke!”
While claiming their ticket, the group hammed it up for pictures and then headed to happy hour at Nick’s Fish House in Baltimore City to toast their fortune. “We work together, but we’re all friends too,” said Mary, “and we’re glad to have had this experience together.”
To win a $10,000 third-tier prize, players must match four out of five white balls plus the Mega Ball. Their lucky ticket was purchased at 7-11, 313 E. Joppa Road in Towson.