24 co-workers at a retail store in Charlotte are splitting a $2 million Powerball prize they won in this weekend’s drawing.
After taxes, that’s about $56,000 each.
The group told S.C. Education Lottery officials they pooled their money and bought 80 Powerball tickets from the K-Won Mart on S.C. 160 in Fort Mill.
The group learned Sunday at work that they had won. One member fell to the floor, others thought they were going to faint, but most were hugging after beating the 1 in 5 million plus odds to match the first five white ball numbers drawn on Saturday, May 18 (10, 13, 14, 22, and 52, PB: 11).
“There was genuine happiness, even from those that didn’t play,” said one of the winners.
Group members are planning to get braces for their kids, pay bills, take vacations, buy homes and invest.
“My wife still doesn’t believe me,” said one of the 24.
And why did they play in South Carolina?
“We thought there wasn’t a tax in South Carolina,” laughed one of the winner’s realizing their mistake.
The K-Won Mart earns a $20,000 commission for selling the ticket. Saturday’s drawing was a record-setting $590 million.