12 employees, retirees share lotto jackpot

Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 12:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 12:46 p.m.

A Chiefland woman listed as the winner of Sunday's Florida Lotto jackpot is one of 12 colleagues who jointly bought tickets every week and will share the prize.

Carolyn DeVore, an assistant warden at Lancaster Correctional Institution in Trenton, said the group of current or former co-workers has been buying a weekly Lotto ticket for about 15 years.

"We play the same numbers every week," DeVore said, adding she didn't believe it when told of the winning ticket. "Nobody did. We've been doing it so long."

The jackpot was $9 million. The winners chose the one-time, lump-sum payment for about $5 million. DeVore said each of the 12 ticket sharers will get about $300,000.

DeVore added that she is close to retiring and will continue working until then. Some of the other winners had already retired, while those who are employed will continue until their planned retirement.

"Most of us are planning on investing, and this will make it easier when we do retire," she said.

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