The New York Lottery this morning introduced the "lucky seven" who won bought the winning $319 million Mega Millions ticket at Coulson's in downtown Albany -- they're all co-workers at the the New York Division of Housing and Community Renewal:
- John Hilton, 57, of North Greenbush
- Gabrielle Mahar, 29, of Colonie
- John Kutey, 54, of Green Island
- Tracy Sussman, 41, of Colonie
- Mike Barth, 63, of Bethlehem
- Kristin Baldwin, 42, of Clifton Park
- Leon Peck, 62, of Johnstown
Barth bought the winning ticket -- a computer-generated "quick pick" ticket that he says he almost missed out on:
"I was at the counter. It was my turn to buy a ticket when I reached down to grab a Snickers bar from the candy display and someone reached over me, actually cut in front of me to buy a ticket. I thought about saying something but decided to just let it slide. I bought the next ticket...the winning ticket."
The group has chosen to take the lump sum -- $202,797,203. They'll each get about $19 million after taxes. Among the winners' plans for the money: a new dishwasher.
+ The guy who reportedly didn't join the pool because he wasn't feeling lucky
+ Not so lucky: the Schenectady couple who won a million dollars -- and ended up bankrupt and in prison.
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