Commerce School Workers Win Big

Eleven employees at Bandini Elementary win the lottery.

By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, EGP Staff Writer

Bandini Elementary School employee Cynthia Magana had a “good feeling” about the 7-Eleven where she buys lottery tickets for her office-mates.

“The owner of the 7-Eleven was so very nice and always wished me luck,” Magana said.

Montebello Unified School District employees Irene Rico Macarter, Leidy Martinez, Rebecca Castro, Karen Pugh, Marina Alatorre, Karen Shahverdian, Maria Guzman, Christina Gonzalez, John Perez, winners of the $12 million jackpot for the SuperLotto Plus draw. (AP Photo/Craig T. Mathew for the California State Lottery)

The “positive energy” of the convenience store owner paid off when a ticket she purchased from him turned up a $12 million jackpot on Tuesday.

Magana and ten other Montebello Unified School District employees, full- and part-time clerical workers at Bandini Elementary School in Commerce, will be splitting the winnings.

The school office workers have been playing the lottery together for nearly two years, according to the California Lottery.

When they heard about a winning ticket sold in Whittier they thought of Magana’s purchase, according to one member of the office lottery group Ramone Solis.

After Solis came back from scanning the ticket at a local retailer, confirming that yes, they had won the lottery, “we all jumped around the office screaming and celebrating,” he said.

Bandini Elementary principal Karen Pugh welcomed the news, saying the school has a “close network of staff members – there is no greater feeling for the winners than to have won together.”

District officials also congratulated the workers. “To know that these winnings are going toward our hard-working staff is not only incredible, but so well deserved,” said Interim Superintendent Robert Henke.

The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 10437 Whittier Boulevard in Whittier. The winning numbers are 34, 9, 7, 12, 44 and the Mega number is 2. The retailer will receive a bonus of one-half percent, or $60,000, for selling the winning ticket.

The California Lottery is a state-level fundraiser for public education. The commission that operates the lottery is appointed by the governor. All told, lottery players have contributed more than $23 billion to education since 1985 when it first started.

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February 10, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


One Response to “Commerce School Workers Win Big”

  1. Cynthia on October 30th, 2011 9:29 pm

    Karen Pugh was my principal she retired now we have a new principal I really miss ms pugh

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