Celebrating their Powerball luck

October 6, 2008 4:36:11 PM PDT
This weekend's sole winning Powerball ticket was sold in Delaware County, so there's a good chance the winners are from around here.While the winner or winners have yet to come forward, Action News has learned it's shared by as many as 22 coworkers at the U.S. Postal Service bulk mail center in Northeast Philadelphia.

Thery're not the only ones who are celebrating their luck. The owners of the Landsdowne Diner, where the ticket was sold, get $100,000 for selling the big winner.

"I called my wife, she said 'Oh my God, you're lying, you're kidding,'" said diner owner Pete Arsenlis.

The money may afford them some time away for a cruise, and a break from their 7 day a week business they've run for nearly 30 years.

"I've never been on a honeymoon, I'm going to go on a honeymoond" said Arsenlis's wife of 35 years.

Emotions ranging from disappointment to elation flavored conversations as news of the winning powerball ticket sale spread among diner regulars.

Retired teacher Ace O'Brien said "I have played every day since 1975. $4 day at least. I've won a lot and I've lost a lot. But God has it up there. He's holding it for me."

The $20 million jackpot can be paid in an annuity over time or in one $10.2 million payout.

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