Reporting Jim Melwert
By Jim Melwert, Steve Beck, Anne-Marie Green and Todd Quinones
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thanks to an office pool, a group of SEPTA workers are now millionaires. The winners were introduced during a news conference Friday morning.
Those new millionaires will share the Powerball jackpot they hit last Wednesday. It was revealed Friday that there are 49 workers; two workers split the entry fee and will be splitting the prize money.
The workers elected for the cash option, and they’ll split $107.5-million, which works out to just over $2-million a person.
The winning ticket was bought at the newsstand in the Gallery Mall at 9th and Market Streets.
The lucky winners work in different departments at SEPTA headquarters, some have been there for just a couple years, others for nearly four decades. The winners range in age from 26 to 69.
During the news conference, one winner told her story of battling breast cancer, while another winner spoke of losing his wife a year ago and how she always told him that they would win the lottery one day.
“It’s just starting now to sink in and be a reality. Every morning I wake up to my wife and say ‘boy I had this dream’ and she’s going ‘I’m dreaming the same thing,’” one worker shared with the crowd.
The workers purchased 120 tickets and said they intend to keep on playing the lottery. They are expected to receive their winnings in about four to six weeks.
A list of the winners:
Robert Kruczynski, Langhorne, Bucks County
Robert Landgraf, Abington, Montgomery County
Harold Simmons, Sr., Philadelphia
Joseph Chimenti, Wilmington, Del.
Bryant Vaders, Philadelphia
Tommy Wells, West Deptford, N.J.
Robert Chope, Hatboro, Montgomery County
John Paradise, Chester Springs, Chester County
Kevin Derham, Merion, Montgomery County
Catherine Pinder, Carneys Point, N.J.
Johnny Shtatman, Philadelphia
James Lemongelli, Holland, Bucks County
Frederick Green, Philadelphia
John Kerrigan, Philadelphia
Hamzeh Abdallah, Marlton, N.J.
Richard Drennen, Hatboro, Montgomery County
James Raymond, Jr., Philadelphia
Joseph D’Ambro, Philadelphia
Emille Williams, Blue Bell, Montgomery County
Michael Piselli, Feasterville, Bucks County
Silvana Linquist, Philadelphia
Rebecca Ware, Wilmington, Del.; Bernice Kligerman, Philadelphia (splitting a share)
Luigi Pallante, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Marylouise Wagner, Essington, Delaware County
Rodney Crow, Haddon Heights, N.J.
Geraldine Gaiser, Philadelphia
Dawn Hill, Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County
Raymond Farreny, Haddonfield, N.J.
Joseph Kruczynski, Langhorne, Bucks County
Theresa Poole, Philadelphia
Robin Hearn, Philadelphia
Joseph Doyle, Bensalem, Bucks County
Diane McAndrews, Philadelphia
Leon Faulk, Willow Grove, Montgomery County
John Karcher, Kunkletown, Monroe County
John Merrigan, Churchville, Bucks County
Linda Madden, Springfield, Delaware County
Thomas Felder, Jr., Folsom, Delaware County
Daniel DiSantis, Marlton, N.J.
Donald Cleary, Philadelphia
Larry Green, Folcroft, Delaware County
Joseph Byrd, Philadelphia
Andrew Egan, Jr., Berlin, N.J.
Yolanda Mosley, Upper Darby, Delaware County
Matthew Sheridan, Hatboro, Montgomery County
Phillip Madden, Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County
Anthony Angelone, Sewell, N.J.
Pamela Schurgot, Mantua, N.J.