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2012 Year in Review: 48 Septa Employees Share Huge Powerball Jackpot

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By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This past spring, a group of Septa employees had the luckiest lunch break in company history: at the Gallery shopping mall in center city, they bought a Powerball ticket that won a jackpot worth $107 million (see news story).

For more than a week after the April 25th drawing we didn’t know who Septa’s forty-eight newly minted millionaires were (see news story).  Those who did know kept it quiet.

“I know a few of them, yes,” acknowledged one fellow employee.  But she declined to disclose their identities before they were ready.

“No, I wouldn’t do that to them,” she said.

But on May 4th, we finally got to meet the “Septa 48″ (see news story), and one recounted reviewing the winning numbers.

“Four, twenty-five, twenty-nine.  I’m like, ‘Oh my god!’   Thirty-four, forty-three… I’m like, ‘Oh my god, oh my god!’ ” she told reporters at a press conference.

A total of 48 employees who took part in the pool — ages 26 to 69 and with service to the company from less than a year to more than 42 years — each took home around $2 million.

“When I look at the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s no longer a regional rail train coming at me,” said  42-year-veteran Dan DiSantis.

One winner described battling stage three breast cancer, then coming back to work just in time to play.

Another talked of losing his beloved wife.

“She died a year and a day before the drawing,” he said, holding back tears.

Some have since retired, but 34 still work for Septa.

And yes, they still buy lottery tickets (see related story).

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