Nov 9, 2012 1:22 PM by Tania Shofron
CHANDLER - Nine lucky co-workers claim the $1.7 million jackpot from Saturday's The Pick drawing.
The group has been playing the Arizona lottery every Wednesday and Saturday since February 2011. Each contributes $8 every other week to participate.
The pool representative, Barry Hackett regularly checks the tickets on the Arizona Lottery website. But on Monday, he said he had to check them again, and then three more times before asking one of his co-workers to come check the numbers with him. Her immediate reaction was, "Yeah, right!"
Hackett said they then quietly called the seven other players over to their office area and told them the news. There were big grins, excitement, looks of disbelief, and even a few happy tears, according to Hackett.
The group selected the cash option and each member received a check for $125,925.92 before taxes. Most of the office pool members plan to pay off bills and pay off or pay down mortgages with their winnings. When asked if they were going to celebrate, Hackett said, "There's probably a happy hour in our future for celebration."
The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at a Chandler Circle K on South Arizona Avenue.
Winning numbers for The Pick are drawn Wednesday and Saturday nights.