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SEPTA Millionaires Laying Low After Winning Huge Powerball Jackpot

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By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There was still a buzz in Center City Philadelphia, a day after it was revealed that a group of 48 Septa employees hit a multimillion-dollar Powerball jackpot.

Inside the Gallery at Market East, the newsstand owner who sold the winning ticket didn’t want to be recorded but says that business has been booming since the announcement (see related story).

A few blocks away, in front of SEPTA headquarters at 1234 Market Street, the stakeout continued for the big winners to come forward.

“I know a few of them, yes. I work in the building” — but not for SEPTA, said Venia (no last name given.)

(Reporter:)  “You can’t tell me who they are?”

(Venia:)  “No — I wouldn’t do that to them.”

Venia is part of a group of 72 co-workers who have been part of a lottery pool for the past ten years.

“We did win one time! We won, like, $1,000,” she says.

Well, it’s not the millions the SEPTA Forty-eight are taking home, but Venia is hopeful that Lady Luck is coming closer:

“Most of my co-workers are like, ‘Lightning never strikes twice.’  But I think it can happen again — I do.  I hope we win one day.  I hope you’re interviewing me to say I won!”

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