AUSTIN (KXAN) - Co-workers at Projekt202 had a spur of the moment idea on Friday: Why not all kick in $2 and try to win the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot? What would it hurt?
The thought came only hours before the drawing, and everyone at the software company is happy about that decision Saturday night. The group of 30 co-workers got five out of six numbers right and won a cool $250,000.
They say an email sparked the whole office to get involved.
"Our project manager John, he just decided to send an email and he said hey let's form a pool," Jaladhi Pujara, one of the 30 co-workers who is now a lottery winner.
Their win was one of two $250,000 jackpots in Austin, bought at a 7-Eleven store on 15th Street frequented typically by state office workers. On Saturday night, a few of them gathered at a downtown bar to celebrate their good fortune, still shocked and surprised they had won.
Alice Clark reluctantly put in her 2 dollars into the pool, not expecting to win.
"No i didn't think i was going to win, I thought it was kind of silly," said Clark.
The other ticket was sold at a Valero station in South Austin. According to the Texas Lottery Commission, a total of 14 tickets, each worth $250,000, were sold around the state.
The co-workers say they were in disbelief when they found out they won.
"This guy is kind of a prankster in our office, and so when he sent the email nobody believed it. He must be kidding," said Pujara.
Winning tickets, which will split the grand prize, were sold in Illinois, Maryland and Kansas. We're still waiting to hear more about those jackpot winners.
The group here in Austin says the two dollars was well spent now that they are all lottery winners.
"Making $6,000 out of $2 is pretty impressive," said Clark.
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