May 8, 2012 -
A group of 48 SEPTA workers are splitting a $107.5 million Powerball prize from the April 25 drawing.
The annuity value was $172.7 million but the group decided to take the $107.5 million cash option, which is $2,240,276.63 for each of the 48 shares, less federal withholding.
Bryant Vaders purchased 120 quick-picked Powerball tickets for his office Lottery pool during a lunch break. The group had put money into an office Lottery pool for the big Powerball drawing, as they always do for a jackpot over $100 million.
“We always try to go to different retailers to buy our tickets,” Vaders said.
The group’s ticket, purchased at the Newsstand at the Gallery at Ninth and Market Streets in Philadelphia, matched all five white balls, 04-25-29-34-43, and the red Powerball, 29, to win the third-largest Pennsylvania Lottery prize ever awarded.
“I was really busy when I got a call from Bryant that the winning ticket was sold at the Gallery,” said Pamela Schurgot, another group organizer and manager of contract grant compliance at SEPTA. “I thought he was messing around, but I dropped everything to check the tickets.”
“We won!” Schurgot yelled from her office. She began writing an email to announce the news, but before she could finish, employees flooded her office.
Schurgot and nine other winners presented the ticket for validation Wednesday afternoon at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County. Lottery officials confirmed it was the jackpot-winning ticket.