Update 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
Updated with new info from the Massachusetts State Lottery (press release at the bottom).
Update 2:10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13
Rosa DeLeon and Reginald LeBlanc have chosen the lump sum option of $33 million, $23.1 after taxes, according to WBZ Newsradio's Mark Katic on Twitter. The two began playing two sets of numbers 10 months ago, Katic wrote, one they pick, one is quick pick. The quick pick hit, according to Katic.
DeLeon is 52, LeBlanc 54, according to Boston.com.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510, according to the lottery.
Dec. 12, 2012 was more than a once-in-a-lifetime date, it was indeed a lucky day for Costco co-workers Rosa DeLeon of Arlington and Reginald LeBlanc of Lexington who reportedly are set to split a $50 million Powerball prize.
DeLeon and LeBlanc, who work at the Costco in Waltham, purchased a single ticket yesterday at the Lexington Shell station at 915 Waltham St. that matched all six-numbers drawn last night (video), according to the Massachusetts Lottery website and the organization’s Twitter feed.
The winning numbers were 08-10-25-36-44, Powerball 28, the lottery website said. An official announcement will be made at 1:30 p.m. today at a press conference at the lottery's headquarters in Braintree.
Powerball winners can choose between annual payments over 29 years or a lump sum of $33 million before taxes.
According to Boston.com, Adam Muise, the storeowner where the winning ticket was sold, said the main claiming to be the winner was back at the store today, Dec. 13.
DeLeon and LeBlanc aren’t the only winners here.
According to the Lottery website, the storeowner will also benefit from this jackpot win by receiving a $50,000 commission, the top retailer commission offered in Massachusetts, for selling the lucky ticket.
The following is from the Massachusetts State Lottery.
Costco co-workers to split $50 Million Powerball jackpot won in Massachusetts
Rosa DeLeon of Arlington and Reginald LeBlanc of Lexington select $33 million cash option on prize, after taxes will each receive an $11.5 million payday
Yesterday’s historic 12/12/12 date proved to be very lucky for two coworkers in Massachusetts after the quick pick ticket they purchased together matched all five numbers plus the Power Ball selected in the Wednesday, December 12, 2012 drawing to win the multi-state game’s $50 million jackpot.
Rosa DeLeon of Arlington and Reginald LeBlanc of Lexington, who are coworkers at Costco in nearby Waltham, Massachusetts, have been jointly purchasing two tickets for the twice-weekly drawn game over the past 10 months. Of the two Powerball tickets the duo buys, one is always a quick pick ticket and the other is comprised of numbers that DeLeon’s father used to play before his passing. DeLeon purchases the tickets, writes “Reggie’s” name on the back, along with her own, and always makes a photocopy for him.
It was LeBlanc who first realized that the quick pick, bearing the numbers 08-10-25-36-44, Power Ball 28, was about to provide them with the biggest payday of their lives after seeing the numbers flash across the television screen in the break room. He quickly informed DeLeon, who was in absolute disbelief. They both left their workplace for the afternoon to verify the win with the Lottery.
The coworkers elected to receive the $33,003,300 lump sum cash option on the prize and after taxes will receive a one-time check for $23,102,310. They plan to split the winnings evenly.
DeLeon, a 52 year old married mother of five, plans to buy a house and to take care of her family with the winnings. LeBlanc, who is 54 and single, also plans to buy a home and will be investing in dental work which he has been unable to afford until now.
DeLeon and LeBlanc purchased their winning ticket at Lexington Shell located at 915 Waltham Street in Lexington. The store owner will also benefit from this jackpot win by receiving a $50,000 commission for selling the lucky ticket.
Last night’s win was the second jackpot-winning ticket sold in Massachusetts since the game was introduced to Bay State players in January 2010. On June 8, 2011, Jimmy Freeman, a retired Navy civilian worker from Fall River, took home a $25.6 million Powerball jackpot. He came forward the following day to claim the prize, selecting the $13.4 million cash option.
With last night’s jackpot win, Powerball’s top prize for Saturday, December 15 resets to $40 million. In addition to Massachusetts, Powerball is played in 41 other states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. in Florida. Drawing videos and game results are posted here at www.masslottery.com.