16 co-workers at New York company split $58M lottery jackpot

One of the winners Kevin Berth, center left, stands with Yolanda Vega after she presented an oversized check to a group of colleagues that call themselves the Lucky 16 Trust, at Carlton Cards inside Penn Station where a media conference was held for the $58 million Mega Millions jackpot winners Thursday, April 30, 2015, in New York. The ticket was sold at the establishment. Sixteen co-workers at a New York City biopharmaceuticals company won the jackpot. (Susan Watts/The Daily News via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Sixteen co-workers at a New York City biopharmaceuticals company have won a $58 million Mega Millions jackpot.

New York State Lottery officials said Thursday the colleagues call themselves the Lucky 16 Trust and pooled their money before the March 24 drawing.

Most of the employees come from New York and New Jersey. One travels from her home in Venice, California. They’ll split the funds.

Ophthotech Corp. spokeswoman Evelyn Harrison says members of the winning group work in all parts of the company, from senior to administrative posts. She says the employees have been pooling funds since 2010 to play the lottery, each pitching in $4 weekly to buy tickets.

Worker Matthew Jung says after they won they huddled in a conference room to let the news sink in. He says nobody accomplished much that day.

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