October 17, 2018
Eleven co-workers share huge mega millions jackpot
SAN JOSE – (INT) - On a whim, Roland Reyes pitched $2 into an office pool, along with 10 colleagues at his Santa Clara County office, trying to win the largest prize in California lotto history.

The 11 financial workers, ranging in age from 21 to 60, won the $543 million Mega Millions jackpot with a quick pick ticket and claimed the prize at the Hayward lottery office the day after the July 24th draw.

“If I could win, anybody could win. We’re just normal people!” Reyes said in a press release.

All 11 winners have chosen to take the lump sum of $320.5 million, which for each member amounts to $29,140,281 before federal taxes (the state of California does not tax lottery winnings). The lotto earnings will be taxed at the highest bracket, 37 percent, which will come to a whopping tax-bill of roughly $10.7 million.

In addition to Reyes, the winners were identified as Marigold Villaruz, Rita Sinha, Murad Kureshi, Nga Lam, My Nguyen, Solonachchige Dissanayake, Isabel Dominguez, Alejandra Villanueva, Alice Socorro and Joji Ziegele.

They all work for a Wells Fargo branch in San Jose.
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