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Lots of people dream about what they would do if they won the lottery, especially as those Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots exponentially increase every week. This collective daydreaming inspired a group of 126 nurses to go in together on a ticket, which is a clever way to play the odds with minimal risk.
Amazingly, the nurses – who all worked together in an intensive neo-natal unit – actually did win, though they weren’t lucky enough to walk home with the entire jackpot. Regardless, they were still awarded $10,000, which isn’t too shabby considering they were only hoping for a little extra spending money.
Unfortunately, after shelling out all the applicable taxes and fees, the nurses were dismayed to realize they would only receive about $50 each. This was barely enough to buy a hardcover book or a good bottle of wine, nor would it even come close to supplementing the upcoming holiday season.
And so, the nurses once again decided to pool their money – this time to help people in need. Two women in their group had just suffered personal tragedies, and this money – which accounted for about $6,300 after taxes, or $3,150 each – might make those losses slightly more bearable.
“We never thought in a million years we would win anything at all and then we came one number away from winning $1.6 billion,” one of the nurses explained. “The majority said, ‘Let’s give it to our co-workers, our family, the ones that are in biggest need,’ so that’s what we decided to do.”
These nurses decided that two women — Casey Orellana and Gretchen Post– were the neediest in the group, not because they were financially poor, but because both had recently suffered terrible personal losses.
Orellana had been drowning in medical bills since her husband Phil was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that had recently spread to his lungs. This poor woman could use her half of the winnings to help pay her husband’s mounting medical bills.
Meanwhile, Post was struggling to cope with the aftermath of her teenage son’s recent suicide, which had come as a horrible surprise despite his lifelong struggle with depression. Though money couldn’t replace the grief she feels upon losing her child, it could at least help with financing his funeral arrangements.
Regardless, we’re so impressed by how these women decided to divvy up their winnings among those in need!
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