Twelfth of the twelfth 2012Christmas came early for Powerball Winners Rosa DeLeon and Reginald LeBlanc who won the $50 million jackpot on 12th December 2012. The co-workers at Costco in Waltham, Massachusetts had been buying two tickets between them for Powerball draws for the previous 10 months. Of the two tickets the pair bought, one was always a quick pick (lucky dip) ticket and the other a combination of numbers that DeLeon's father played before he passed away. She would buy the Massachusetts Powerball lottery tickets, write Reggie's name on the back together with her own and make a photocopy for him.
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The bonus of a TV at work
LeBlanc of Lexington first realised that the quick pick ticket was the Powerball lottery jackpot winner the morning after the draw when he saw the numbers on the television screen in the break room at work. After telling DeLeon, they left their workplace to verify the win with the Lottery headquarters. The winning numbers that they matched from the Powerball results were 8, 10, 25, 36 and 44, while the Power Ball was 28.
Cash optionMassachusetts State Lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan told how the co-workers had chosen to receive the $33,003,300 lump sum cash option, which after taxes was a big fat cheque of $23,102,310 for their Powerball lottery jackpot. They planned to divide the winnings evenly and both said they would be keeping their jobs at Costco until they actually received the money.
Paul White won $149.4 million in August 2013 and also planned to retire but only after he finshed the work projects he was currently in the middle of first.
House, family and teeth the Priority for Powerball Winners Rosa DeLeon and Reginald LeBlanc
DeLeon of Arlington in Massachusetts was a 52 year old married mother of five at the time. She planned to buy a new home and to take care of her family with her Massachusetts Powerball lottery winnings. LeBlanc, who was 54 and single, also planned to buy a home and said through a toothless grin at the press conference that he would have some dental work done which he hadn’t been able to afford before. This was the second time a Powerball lottery jackpot was won in Massachusetts. The first was a $25 million jackpot sold on 8th June 2011 in Fall River to Jimmy Freeman, a retired Navy civilian worker. Also electing for the cash option, Freeman received a cheque for $13.4. The Powerball has been played in the state of Massachusetts since January 2010.
Shop Owner RewardedThe ticket containing the Powerball lottery winning numbers was bought from Lexington Shell at 915 Waltham Street in Lexington. The store owner Adam Muise received a $50,000 commission cheque for being the lottery winners' store of choice to play Powerball. Muise later won a contest run by Boston-based radio station, 98.5 The Sports Hub. In January 2014 he won tickets to the Super Bowl. His prize included a four-night stay on a cruise ship hotel in New York, two tickets to the Super Bowl and two tickets to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Stores profit hugely from selling a winning ticket, with one of the biggest examples being The Shell Express Lane store in Freeport which was awarded a huge $500,000 for selling $50 million Powerball winner Ted Baumgartner his winning ticket in March 2013.
During the 1970s, rock band Aerosmith had a studio in Waltham, Massachusetts which was known as The Wherehouse. It is also home to Sockington, Leader of Socks Army, and the first feline to gain over 500,000 Twitter followers. Also known as Socks, the cat now has over 1.36 million followers.