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$1M Powerball Winners Share the Wealth with Coworker

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(PLANTATION, Fla.) -- When Jennifer Maldonado went to work on Sunday at Keller Williams Partner Realty in Plantation, Fla., she was greeted with hooting and hollering.

That’s because on Saturday night, her 12 colleagues who’d gotten together for a Powerball office pool had won $1 million.

Maldonado thought it was a joke — “100 percent, thought it was a prank,” she told ABC News.

Recently hired as an administrative assistant and having not received her first paycheck, she’d opted not to participate in the $20 pool.

Laurie Finkelstein-Reader, who runs the office and organized the pool, even offered to lend her the money, but she’d declined.

“I wasn’t going to press her,” Finkelstein-Reader said. “I said to her: ‘If you don’t play, we’re going to win.’”

And win they did. One of the realty office’s tickets matched five of the winning numbers.

A man in New Jersey, however, won the $338 million jackpot by matching the five numbers as well as the Powerball number.

Maldonado’s co-workers will take home $83,000 after taxes — and each of them has agreed to give her a portion of their winnings.

She would only say that she was receiving a “gracious amount.”

“Enough that I’m floored and feel so appreciative,” Maldonado said.

The group said it was the right thing to do and that co-workers are like family.

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Kansas Mega Millions Winner Claims Prize, Remains Anonymous

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The first of three Mega Millions lottery winners has claimed his or her winning share.

The Kansas winner will share the record-breaking $656 million jackpot with so-far-unidentified winners in Maryland and Illinois.

Kansas lottery officials Friday presented a jumbo check for an estimated $218 million to a cardboard poster figure with a smile-face head and the words "anonymous jackpot winner" printed on its chest.

Dennis Wilson, executive director of the Kansas Lotter, said that in the state of Kansas, winners can choose to remain anonymous.

"That person has chosen that option," Wilson said. He would not reveal the gender, age or any other details about the winner.

"They didn't actually discover they had the winning ticket until Monday," Wilson said. "They actually just checked the tickets of all the games they had purchased and found out they were the winner."

"They checked it over 10 times to make sure they were reading it right, to verify it, and they still had a hard time believing it," Wilson said.

The winner chose to take the cash option of $157 million instead of the yearly payments over 26 years which would have matched the $218 million on the check.

Wilson said the winner called ahead and then arrived at the Kansas Lottery office Friday at around 11:45 a.m. with an attorney and financial advisors.

When asked if the winners were frequent players, Wilson said, "They play quite often. They don't play a lot, but they play quite often."

"It proves real people really do win, and you could be next," he said with a laugh.

A representative from the store where the ticket was sold was presented with a $10,000 check.

The drawing for the world's largest jackpot was one week ago, on March 30. The winning numbers were 2-4-23-38-46 and Mega ball 23.

Over the past week, rumors have been rampant about the identities of the three winners.

A Maryland McDonald's employee and mother of seven, Mirlande Wilson, 37, has been dominating the rumor mill by claiming that she bought the ticket, but has yet to find it.

Carole Everett, director of communications for the Maryland lottery, told ABC News that there is "no indication" that the story is true.

Maryland's lottery director, Stephen Martino, called a news conference on Thursday to dispel rumors that the state's winner had already come forward. He said he feared that doctored images of winning tickets over social media and April Fools' Day tales had led the real winner to dispose of his or her ticket.

"The ticket has not been claimed," Martino said Thursday. "People need to look at their tickets."

Martino held the news conference after two people claimed to have won the bonanza, but had not shown their tickets to the state lottery office. The news conference, he said, was meant to "separate fact from fiction."

Everett said that winners usually call in to the lottery office or have a lawyer contact officials. She does not expect that someone will come walking through the door with a winning ticket. She expects it could take days or weeks for winners to come forward.

Maryland and Kansas allow winners to remain anonymous, but Illinois will identify the winner.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Jackpot! Winning $355 Million Mega Millions Lottery Tickets Sold

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- At least two Mega Millions tickets matching all five numbers and the mega ball number in Tuesday night's $355 million drawing were sold in Idaho and Washington state, lottery officials confirmed Wednesday morning.

The numbers drawn in the nation's third largest jackpot were: 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and mega ball number 42.

"Idaho is a very lucky place," Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson said in a press release.  "We are encouraging everyone who has played Mega Millions to check their tickets carefully for winners.  We are also recommending all our players sign the back of their ticket prior to presenting it for payment.  These tickets are bearer instruments and we want to ensure our winners protect their play."

Idaho lottery officials also said another Mega Millions ticket that matched all five numbers minus the mega ball number in Tuesday's night draw was sold in the state.  That ticket is worth $250,000.

Another winner in Washington state will be sharing the $355 million jackpot, according to the Mega Millions website.

It is unknown if there are winners from other states to claim a share in the game's top jackpot prize.

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