When going to your local bank you wouldn’t really expect to be served by multi-millionaires. Well that’s what is happening at a Wells Fargo bank in San Jose in California, USA, where 11 members of staff continue to work despite their $543m Mega Millions win in the draw held on July 24.
After claiming their Mega Millions winnings, syndicate member Roland Reyes said of the decision not to quit their jobs: “We have a good time and want to stay together,” he said. “If I could win, anybody could win. We’re just normal people!”
Some lottery winners do decide to carry on working, for example. Melissa Ede from Hull in England wants to become a stage hypnotist despite her winning £4m on a National Lottery Blue scratchcard.
However, Englishman Aaron Fawden said he’d continue working as a carpenter even though he won a £1m EuroMillions windfall. In Canada, Johannes Leblond said that he and his wife would keep their jobs after their $37.5m Lotto Max jackpot win.
It didn’t really matter for Canadian Carol Knipfel because she won a $1m Lotto Max prize on the day she retired. In the North of England, Jean Bibby won £30,000 playing the People’s Postcode Lottery two days after she retired.
But how do the customers feel about the fact they are being served by Mega Millions winners? “They’re like all smiles, they didn’t say much,” said frequent customer Pamela Burroughs. When the news spread that 11 bank employees had won a Mega Millions jackpot, many regular customers couldn’t resist going into the bank to congratulate the lucky players.
“I have tears in my eyes, I’m so excited for them,” said Cathy Dilts of San Jose. “I went up to one of them, gave her a big, big hug because I felt most excited for her, it was a young woman,” she added.
The $543m Mega Millions jackpot was the largest prize won in California Lotto history. They opted to take their winnings as a one-off payment and after taxation will each receive around $19m. “Wow, share the wealth,” joked customer Darlene Medina. Not everyone believes the Mega Millions winners will keep working at the bank despite saying that they have no intention of quitting. One customer, Ahmed Abdo said, “I don’t buy that.”
The Mega Millions jackpot hasn’t been won since this big win. On Friday the jackpot players will be trying to win is $88m.
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