Although their office was decimated by budget cuts in Gov. Cuomo’s recent cost cutting budget (due to the state’s horrible deficit), at least seven workers in the Homes and Community Renewal Department were blessed with some personal good news Friday night. Good news? Great news!
Their office pool won a whopping $319 million Mega Millions jackpot in Friday night’s drawing.
The big winners are information-technology pros who work in Homes and Community Renewal, said sources. The agency has been slammed with more than $30 million in budget cuts.
The brand-new millionaires hit it big with several Quick Pick tickets bought at Coulson’s News Center, in downtown Albany, near where they work.
They have a year to come forward and claim the prize.
Once the workers lay claim to their millions, they have 60 days to decide if they’ll take the money in payments over 25 years, or go for the lump-sum option, which would give them $202.9 million before taxes.
After taxes ” 25 percent, or $50.7 million, to Uncle Sam, and 8.97 percent, or $18.2 million, to the state ” the workers would split $134 million, or $19.1 million each.
Albany’s new millionaires may soon be able to give up their jobs, said Emanuel Biondi, a union representative with the state Public Employees Federation.
“They’re all just middle-class folks,” Biondi said. “I’m thrilled for them.”
One IT supervisor, Duane Averill, said he wasn’t sure of the identities of his lucky colleagues ” the IT section has dozens of employees. “I’d love to see them win,” Averill said, laughing. “I might lose my entire unit, though.”