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Philadelphia - 48 Philly Transit Workers Win $172.7M Powerball

Published on: April 26, 2012 06:45 PM
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Philadelphia PA - A pool of 48 workers at Philadelphia’s transit agency scored the jackpot-winning ticket in this week’s $172.7 million Powerball drawing, lottery officials said Thursday.

The winning ticket in Wednesday’s drawing for the multi-state lottery was sold at a newsstand at a downtown mall, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. That ticket was bought by a group of employees who work at the headquarters of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, said Kristin Geiger, a spokeswoman for the agency.

SEPTA operates buses, trains and trolleys in the city and its suburbs and is regularly strapped for cash. Its downtown headquarters is right across the street from the newsstand where the winning ticket was sold.

“We’re excited for them,” Geiger said — acknowledging she was not among the winners.

Geiger said she didn’t know how many tickets the group had bought, or how often they had played the Powerball, which is sold in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Wednesday’s winning ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 04-25-29-34-43, plus the red Powerball, 29. The winning ticket has an annuity value of $172.7 million and a cash value of $107,533,278.27.

Big as the prize is, it does not rank high on the biggest lottery jackpots of all time. That title belongs to last month’s $640 million Mega Millions jackpot.


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 Apr 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Good for them!

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 Apr 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM Pesach Says:

That's not much, compared to the nearly half-billion dollars spent by members of our kehillah for Passover hotels and other getaways, every year. (a fraction of this goes to Jewish caterers and the like, but much goes to goyishe hotels, airlines, etc).
If just half of this money were to be donated to our mosdos, our rebbes and teachers could be paid on time, their salaries could become decent, and the crushing financial state of these institutions would be much alleviated.
If the remainder were to go to our poor, poverty in our kehillah would be essentially eliminated.
Oh well.

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 Apr 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM ProminantLawyer Says:

The rich get richer. A pension from government and the lottery for trips.

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 Apr 26, 2012 at 09:11 PM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

Reply to #2  
Pesach Says:

That's not much, compared to the nearly half-billion dollars spent by members of our kehillah for Passover hotels and other getaways, every year. (a fraction of this goes to Jewish caterers and the like, but much goes to goyishe hotels, airlines, etc).
If just half of this money were to be donated to our mosdos, our rebbes and teachers could be paid on time, their salaries could become decent, and the crushing financial state of these institutions would be much alleviated.
If the remainder were to go to our poor, poverty in our kehillah would be essentially eliminated.
Oh well.

So dont stop there then. Don't buy a $200 borsalino, when you can buy a $40 kova.. dont buy a $150 esrog, when a $30 one will do just fine.

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 Apr 26, 2012 at 09:13 PM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

Good for them! $100 million lump sum, $60 mil after taxes, so each gets around $1,250,000 - not life changing but enough to pay off the house, the bills and live comfortably.

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 Apr 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM jonkamm623 Says:

who will drive the busses?

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 Apr 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM haimon Says:

Reply to #2  
Pesach Says:

That's not much, compared to the nearly half-billion dollars spent by members of our kehillah for Passover hotels and other getaways, every year. (a fraction of this goes to Jewish caterers and the like, but much goes to goyishe hotels, airlines, etc).
If just half of this money were to be donated to our mosdos, our rebbes and teachers could be paid on time, their salaries could become decent, and the crushing financial state of these institutions would be much alleviated.
If the remainder were to go to our poor, poverty in our kehillah would be essentially eliminated.
Oh well.

poverty can be greatly reduced by our kehillah striving toward educating and preparing for professional careers. imo, a rebbe and teacher should accept the more modest income as a token of the great respect they deserve.

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 Apr 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

Reply to #2  
Pesach Says:

That's not much, compared to the nearly half-billion dollars spent by members of our kehillah for Passover hotels and other getaways, every year. (a fraction of this goes to Jewish caterers and the like, but much goes to goyishe hotels, airlines, etc).
If just half of this money were to be donated to our mosdos, our rebbes and teachers could be paid on time, their salaries could become decent, and the crushing financial state of these institutions would be much alleviated.
If the remainder were to go to our poor, poverty in our kehillah would be essentially eliminated.
Oh well.

What in heavens name are you talking about?? What does that have to do with even the slightest thing this article says??

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