Sussex Printing workers hit the Powerball jackpot
By Lynn R. Parks
A group of employees from Sussex Printing, Seaford, the publisher of The Guide, has won the latest Powerball lottery. The winning ticket, chosen Saturday, is worth $214.7 million.
“The management and employees of Sussex Printing wish to confirm that it shall continue in business,” said a press release issued Tuesday afternoon by the law firm Smith, O’Donnell, Procino and Berl, Georgetown.
Attorney George Smith said that the 33 employees are taking the money in a lump sum of nearly $117 million. He said that the winners have opted not to release their names to the public. Each winner will receive $2,657,754 after federal taxes.
Smith said that the group will receive the money late next week, from the Powerball office in Des Moines, Iowa.
At a Tuesday morning press conference, Delaware State Lottery director Wayne Lemons announced that the ticket had been sold at the Uncle Willie’s convenience store in Blades. Also Tuesday morning, the manager of the store was presented with a $10,000 check for selling the winning ticket.
Rumors have been circulating through western Sussex County since Monday morning. According to them, the employees each chipped in $5 each to buy a block of Powerball tickets late Friday night.
Calls to several employees at that business were not returned. A spokeswoman at the business said that no one there had any comment. “We cannot confirm anything at this time,” she added.
The winners did not claim their prize until Tuesday afternoon. Lemons said that in delaying claiming their prize, the Powerball winners were doing exactly what the lottery office recommends. “We encourage the winners not to rush down here to claim the prize,” he said. “With money of that amount, it is very important that they seek legal and financial advice. If you suddenly find yourself a multi-millionaire, you should make plans as to how you will handle that money.”
Lemons said that this is the fifth winning Powerball ticket sold in Delaware in the history of the game. It is also the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot won on a single ticket.
At the check presentation at Uncle Willie’s, Michelle Lewis, store manager, accepted the payment from Brian Peters, deputy director of the Delaware Lottery, and Barbara Hutchins, sales manager for the lottery office.
The presentation attracted a lot of media attention, even from as far away as Philadelphia.
Lewis said that she could not speculate on the winner or winners of the jackpot. “All I can say is congratulations and retire,” she said with a smile.
She noted that the store sells thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets each week, with some sales totalling $200 to $300. “Which probably means they are buying them in pools,” she said.
She was not sure what will be done with the store’s $10,000 reward.
She said that that the decision would be made at the corporate office, Denver, Colo.
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