The 22 postal workers had been playing the lottery together for years, sharing the disappointment of regular failures with the grim resolve of the always hopeful.
But now, the 22, who work at the Philadelphia Bulk Mail Center, on Byberry Road near Woodhaven, are sharing the joy of winning the $10.2 million Powerball on Saturday. The Lucky 22 matched all five white balls, 01-04-26-32-39, and the red Powerball, 18, to win the jackpot. The group elected to share the $10.2 million cash prize, less 25 percent federal withholding.
The winners are Larry Hibbett, Keith Williams, Maurice Long, Timothy Herbert, John Meehan, Raymond Jones, Michael Piekielski, Karen Henderson, Eddie Pacheco Jr., Beverly Smith, Winston Davis, Deneatra Jenkins, all of Philadelphia. Also, Barry Bellinger, Darby; Donald Akins, Upper Darby; Gerald Boglia, Levittown; Joseph McGugan, Bensalem; Daniel McKay, Secane; Gregory Haynes, Elkins Park; Garman Gwynn and Ethel Gwynn, both of Willingboro, N.J.; Robert Singleton, Erial, N.J., and Karen Greenfield, Ewing, N.J.
The Powerball ticket was a quick-pick purchased at the Lansdowne Diner in Lansdowne, Delaware County.
The restaurant will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
The Lucky 22 presented the winning ticket for validation yesterday at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County. Officials confirmed it was the winner.
The 22 are the 11th Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball jackpot winners since the state joined the multistate game in June 2002. *