2016 Press Releases
March 21, 2016
Three Co-workers at Harbor Healthcare Win $100,000 Playing POWERBALL® with Power Play
(DOVER, DE) — Three nurses at Harbor Healthcare in Lewes, Delaware, are feeling “well taken care of,” thanks to winning $100,000 by playing a POWERBALL® Quick Pick with Power Play. The three winners—Michael Spinazzola, Donna Chunn and Loretta Edwards—purchased the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven in Rehoboth, Delaware.
The co-workers started playing as a group in December 2015, at the encouragement of Spinazzola, who is a regular Lottery player. Spinazzola normally purchases eight tickets for the POWERBALL® with Power Play at the beginning of the month, and then checks them at the end of the month.
“I’d been playing longer than the others and thought it would be fun to play as a group,” said Spinazzola, who plans on banking most of his winnings. “The day we won, I heard that someone purchased a $100,000 POWERBALL® ticket at the same 7-Eleven I purchased ours, but I really didn’t think anything of it. I just went about my day and checked the numbers later that evening at home like I usually do. I couldn’t believe it when I saw we won. I made the clerk check and double-check to assure me!”
After getting reassured of the win, Spinazzola called his two co-winners immediately.
“I was cooking when Mike called. I don’t know if I was in denial or the noises from my kitchen muffled his words, but I was certain Mike said we won $100, so I suggested he just roll that $100 back into future ticket purchases,” said Chunn, who intends to put her winnings in the bank. “When it finally sank in that we won $100,000, I was so excited I went outside shouting the news. Needless to say, the food on the stove got ruined, but certainly that little mishap couldn’t put a damper on us winning big like this!”
Edwards had a slightly different experience when she received the news from Spinazzola.
“Mike will say anything to set someone up on a date. So, when he called me all excited, I thought he was trying to get me over to his house to set me up with someone,” said Edwards, who plans on using part of her winnings to buy a new lawn tractor. “When I got there, it was evident he wasn’t joking... This was no setup... We had won $100,000!”
The three nurses will split their winnings evenly, so each person will take home $33,333 (less 25% federal tax). All three came to claim their prize at Lottery Headquarters in Dover on March 16.
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