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Plantation Coworkers Share Powerball Winnings With Woman Who Didn't Enter Office Pool

The group matched five Powerball numbers, winning $1 million



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    In a small real estate office, a group of coworkers pooled their money to play Saturday night’s $338 million Powerball drawing.

    Jennifer Maldonado, Keller Williams Partners Realty's administrative assistant who had only been working there for a little over two weeks, declined to enter the office pool because she was saving her money, according to The Miami Herald.

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    The group leader, Laurie Finkelstein Reader, insisted she join, but Maldonado said no.

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    Each of the other 12 coworkers put in $20, buying 120 tickets at a Mobil gas station in Pembroke Pines – and one of the tickets had the five matching numbers. They won $1 million.

    As Maldonado arrived at work on he day after the drawing, she found her coworkers celebrating. They cried and hugged, telling her they had just won the Powerball.

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    Maldonado didn’t believe it. She figured her coworkers were going out of their way to mess with her.

    “I knew I was the only one who hadn’t put in the money, so I thought they were pranking me,” Maldonado told the newspaper.

    But it was very real. After taxes, the group will get an estimated $83,000 each.

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    Luckily, the group plans to share their winnings, and they will each pitch in some money to share with Maldonado.

    "It’s about sharing the happiness," Finkelstein Reader said.