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Jacksonville postal workers win $1 million Powerball prize

5:31 PM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Seventeen co-workers at the post office on Kings Road in Jacksonville are celebrating an early Christmas present and it's not yet December.

The seventeen who pooled their money work the evening shift.

They bought 85 quick-pick tickets at the Publix on Beach Blvd at Kernan. Those tickets delivered a $1 million winning ticket to the group. They got five of the numbers, missing the power ball by two. Their Powerball number was 4, the Powerball was 6. The total jackpot was $587.5 million. One winning ticket was in Arizona, the other was sold in Missouri.

"I couldn't sleep after that. I really haven't slept that good since then," said John Eubanks who lives on the Westside.

Eubanks is one of the 17. He thought one of his co-workers at the post office was joking, pulling his leg, when he first heard they were winners.

"Everybody's happy, we all work in there, and on our own, we decided to pitch in and see if we might have a chance at winning."

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They all chipped in $10 each, and now figure to get around $44,000 each after taxes. Eubanks said it went to the right people.

"People with good hearts. The last thing I said to one gentleman before the drawing is 'if the good Lord above wants us to have it, it'll happen. His will will always be done.'"

Eubanks said he hopes to pay off his mortgage sooner and retire earlier.

"I am happy, I can help out other people and help myself out. It's a matter of giving back. What I have done, I have been paid back tenfold with this."

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Eubanks is proud to work for the post office and glad he can celebrate with his fellow workers on the night shift.

"It's a tough shift. You feel like you are on the opposite side of the world from everybody."

The group plans to meet soon and collect their winnings from the Florida Lottery.

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