Woman lucky after office wins Powerball
PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- An employee who opted out of an office Powerball pool can consider herself extra lucky after her co-workers won $1 million and decided to give her a cut.
It is a Powerball win worth every million-dollar smile for the 12 employees at Keller Williams Realty in Plantation.
"I decided to sit this one out because I just started," said Jennifer Maldonado. "I was trying to be frugal."
Employee number 13, Jennifer Maldonado who just started her job at the office on March 8, came up short and did not want to participate in the group Powerball. Boss Laurie Finkelstein Reader came up with a plan. "I sent out a text message to everyone. I said we need to this, and every one of them, ding, ding ,ding, we are all in, let's do it," said Finkelstein Reader.
The winners decided to give Maldonado a cut of their million dollar prize. "I think that is the most generous thing they could have done for me, considering they barely know me," said Maldonado.
The winners will not say how much money the will give Maldonado, but it is definitely enough to make her happy. "I feel so much excitement, so grateful," said Maldonado.
"We, from the day she started. She is great and one of us. It wouldn't have been as special if she wasn't included," said Powerball winner Natali Levine.
Next time the group plays, Maldonado will be sure to play her luck. But just as good as winning for this group is including her on their prize. "It touched her deeply, and I think I am getting more joy than she is, and I speak for us as a group," said Finkelstein Reader.
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