20 Costco Workers Hit $201M Lottery Jackpot

Long Islanders become quick millionaires on Powerball
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2011 1:43 PM CDT
Twenty Costco workers in Long Island are millionaires.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A Long Island Costco store had to make do with a skeleton crew because 20 employees struck it rich in the lottery, reports the New York Post. They hit the $201 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday, meaning they'll pocket about $3.5 million apiece if they take the lump-sum payout ($106 million) and pay the taxman. Most took yesterday off, and some quit outright, though a few showed up for work as usual.

"You don't want to hoot and holler about it in front of your co-workers," said one winner. "I think they were genuinely happy, but still you try to be classy about it."

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