Co-Workers Win Big With The NY Lotto

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 6, 2009 at 7:47 PM EDT

A group of 10 co-workers in he Southern Tier start 2009 with new riches.

They won big playing The New York Lottery.

And as Action News Reporter Jessica Light tells us, hitting the jackpot was a decade in the dreaming.

"The Found Treasure Gang. Winners of 7 million dollars on the December 3rd Lotto Drawing."

This group of 10 friends work together at Thomas and Betts, an auto parts manufacturer in Horseheads.

And thanks to the New York Lottery, this 'Gang' has a new Found Treasure.

"When Lois told me I thought she was kidding. I just couldn't believe it." says Mary Gunderman of Horseheads.

The Lottery presented the winning check at the Arnot Mall in Horseheads.

Deb Hamilton and her mother Lois started a lotto subscription 10 years ago.

They've been playing the same quick pick numbers all those years, while recruiting friends and co-workers to join the pool.

John Slovak became a member of the 'Gang' 3 years ago.

That's about the same time his wife Linda fell ill.

" I couldn't believe it. It was a dream come true really. A lot of medical bills that insurance doesn't cover and so this is helping, definitely going to help us." says Slovak of Erin.

George VanGorden isn't sure how he'll spend his share of the pot.

"I don't know to tell you the truth. Ha ha really. Put it in the bank, ponder on it, spend it on bills and stuff." says VanGorden of Addison.

Some of the winners want to travel, others plan on improving their home or helping their kids with college.

They've already convinced other co-workers to play the lotto and offer a few words of advice.

"Your not going to win it if your not in the game." says VanGorden.

"Don't Give Up." says Gunderman.

"You never know. You never know. A dollar and a dream right?" says Slovak.

A dream come true for The Found Treasure Gang.

In Horseheads, Jessica Light, WBNG-TV Action News.

The group decided to take their winnings in 26 annual payments.

Each person will collect about $400,000 after taxes.

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