Bay Area Co-Workers Claim $2 Million Powerball® Prize
Two Workers at Local School District Pool $4 and Walk Away Splitting $2,198,310
SACRAMENTO – Jorge Prado recalls his friend and co-worker Mohammad Islam always reassuring him whenever Mohammad went to buy their California Lottery tickets. “He’s always said, ‘don’t worry, I promise you I will let you know if we win – just give me your money!’”
Good thing he paid up on March 19! Islam bought two Powerball tickets (with $4 they pooled) for the $80 million jackpot draw that night. One of those lucky tickets matched five of six numbers (2-19-23-34 & 43), missing only the Powerball number of 27, to win the nearly $2.2 million prize.
“He thought I was just kidding with him because I didn’t give him a copy of the ticket, so he didn’t know what our (winning) numbers were,” laughed Islam. Both men have a lot more money to share, because the group of co-workers at the Bay Area school district where they work has gotten smaller over time. “It was a bigger group before, but everyone ran away,” Prado explained. “So Mohammad said let’s only play you and myself.”
Islam says he’s not sure yet what he wants to do with his share of the money, but thinks he and his wife may go on a vacation – possibly somewhere tropical like Hawaii.
Prado has sentimental plans for a portion of his winnings. “When I was a kid in my small hometown in Mexico, I couldn’t play soccer because I didn’t have soccer shoes. Nobody can afford them and I felt bad. So, the first thing I have planned is to buy soccer and basketball shoes for the whole team at my (former school) called Casa Escuela in Paracuaro (Mexico).”
Islam and Prado’s winning Powerball ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven located at 130 Harder Road in Hayward (Alameda County). This retailer also receives an $11,000 bonus for selling it!
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