Powerball Winners Give Cut to Colleague Who Didn't Play

Jennifer Maldonado had only been at the company 2 weeks

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 28, 2013 4:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jennifer Maldonado hadn't yet gotten her first paycheck from the realty company she had been at two weeks when her colleagues asked her to kick in to its Powerball pool ahead of Saturday's $338 million drawing. "I was watching my pennies" and declined, she tells the Miami Herald. She'll now have more pennies to watch: Her 12 colleagues had a winning ticket among the 120 tickets they purchased. It had five matching numbers but not the correct Powerball, making them one of 13 $1 million winners. And they're giving Maldonado a slice.

After taxes, the 12-way split comes to $83,333.33; they haven't said how much they'll kick Maldonado's way. "As a team, we put together a fat pile of money," says a coworker. "If we do the right thing and always care about other people, the right thing will happen to us." Indeed, the group has already had a fair bit of luck with that attitude: The woman buying for the group got the winning ticket after letting an antsy man cut in front of her in line at 7-Eleven.

Powerball numbers are chosen in the drawing at the Florida Lottery on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla.   (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
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