SEPTA workers hope jackpot trickles down as jobs

    At least some of the less-lucky co-workers of 48 Philadelphia transit employees who won a $172.7 million jackpot this week are hoping the big pay day trickles down — in the form of new vacancies.

    Officials at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority say the employees who hold the winning ticket in Wednesday’s drawing wish to remain anonymous but co-workers joined in the celebrations as word spread at the agency’s headquarters on Thursday.

    SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney says co-workers were so happy for a longtime custodial employee they formed an archway with their hands for him to run under.


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    Maloney says he doesn’t expect all the winners to suddenly retire, though. If they take the $107.5 million lump-sum, the payout will be about $2 million each. And that’s before taxes.

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