It’s not $1.6 billion, but six Triangle co-workers will split a $2 million prize from the historic Powerball drawing Wednesday.
The N.C. Education Lottery named the winners Friday, saying they all work at a pharmaceutical company in Morrisville. They bought the ticket at a Harris Teeter on Fayetteville Road near Wake Technical Community College.
The winners are Suzanne Burgess and Lisa Pacitti of Raleigh, Martha Chavis of Creedmoor, Oliver Crichton Jr. of Durham, Kathleen Roberto of Cary and Anthony Singson of Morrisville. Four of them are nurses, and two are drug information specialists, according to a news release from the lottery.
Singson said winning the prize seems like a dream, according to the release.
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“Next thing I know, I’m going to wake up, and this whole thing will never have happened,” he said.
The state didn’t name the company where the six work, but it appears to be Perimeter Park tenant PPD, or Pharmaceutical Product Development, according to the LinkedIn profile for Roberto, which says she is a PPD nurse.
The Wilmington-based company was founded by Fred Eshelman, a high-profile donor to UNC-Chapel Hill.
According to the release, the lucky co-workers hit on many duds before cashing out this time.
The six have been playing the Powerball as a group for four years, according to lottery officials. Every time the jackpot gets over $100 million, they pooled their money.
This time, the group matched all five white balls. They told lottery officials they plan to keep up their tradition of pooling money for tickets, even after this win.
They paid $600,000 in state and federal taxes on the $2 million prize. If the groups splits the remaining $1.4 million evenly, they could each take home about $230,000.
The second $2 million prize in North Carolina hasn’t been claimed yet. The winning ticket was bought in Spring Lake in Cumberland County.
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