20 Melville Costco Employees Claim $202 Million Powerball Jackpot

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are 20 very happy and very wealthy people on Long Island as the winners of a $202 million Powerball jackpot claimed their prize.

The New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega awarded the $202 million prize to 20 Costco employees at the Melville store where they all work.

The winners, who range in age from 24 to 73, began their Powerball pool just about a month before winning the jackpot.

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“We got in when the jackpot was $144 million,” explained group member Kim Karkota, 37, of Mastic. “We each paid $5 per drawing. We decided if we won anything, we would roll it right back into the pot.”

Anthony Manzolillo, 73, purchased the ticket for the June 1 drawing at Maulik & Chandni stationery store on Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus check for selling the winning ticket.

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Anthony Manzolillo, 73, of Lindenhurst, who purchased the winning ticket, holds up a giant check (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Manzolillo said when he went to the store on May 31st he forgot the group’s money at home. He returned to cash in on a special deal offered to Lottery players which included two free sets of Quick Pick Powerball numbers for every $10 spent.

The morning after the drawing, Ralph Green, 61, of Copiague, got up at 4 a.m. to get ready for his shift in store’s security unit, “and to check the Powerball numbers.”

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“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Green said.

Many of the winners plan to make the money last and some plan to use it for “moving out of my parent’s house” and “upgrading my Harley [Davidson]” to “getting all my family from across the US together for a reunion” and “partying in Vegas.”

The winners include:

  • Anthony Manzolillo, 73, of Lindenhurst, a member services employee
  • Earl Smith, 63, of Amityville, a member services employee
  • Ralph Green, 61, of Copiague, a security employee
  • Jasper Corso, 60, of Woodbury, a pharmacist
  • Carlos Torres, 60, of Farmingdale, a member services employee
  • Gwendolyn Paolini, 57, of Lindenhurst, a photo manager
  • Chris Duran, 53, of Deer Park, an assistant general manager
  • Maureen Prior, 49, of West Hempstead, a demonstrations employee
  • Cindy Magnes, 46, of Wantagh, an administration employee
  • Geraldine Smyth, 45, of Farmingdale, a vault clerk
  • Jose Garcia, 44, of Lindenhurst, a meat cutter
  • Ed Obarowski, 42, of Islip, a supervisor
  • Camille DiGiona, 41, of Lindenhurst, a payroll clerk
  • Joyce Malik, 41, of Selden, an administrative manager
  • Valerie Woolley, 41, of West Babylon, a supervisor
  • Kim Karkota, 37, of Mastic, a merchandise manager
  • Jaime VanDett, 27, of Lindenhurst, a photo department employee
  • James Farrelly, 27, of Lindenhurst, a supervisor
  • Michael Volino, 25, of Bethpage, a supervisor
  • Kevin Saphire, 24, of Lindenhurst, a front end supervisor
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  • Pearl

    Congrats to all good luck and beware of new found family memebers!

    To liberal…gee in order to be so black and white on an issue..you really need to have NO skeletons in your closet, I mean none, and being your a human, that would not be impossible. We are of one being, one planet, one universe. Find your love vibration and as CSI says…stop hating. You’ll feel so much better. but not as good as millionaires.

  • Lisa

    Awesome for them! 20 new people become multi-millionaires! You figure each one will get at least 5 million. That’s really amazing. Hope they use it well and enjoy every moment of it. It’s nice when a big payout like that is shared.

  • Lisa

    Judging from those names, none.

  • Cece

    Costco is hiring.

  • Concern


  • brooklyn4ever

    Wow, good for them all. I could never imagine buying a ticket and actually seeing all of the numbers sitting there. They seem like they are all hard working decent people who were fortunate to catch a break. I wish them all well and hope that they all have the sense to change their phone numbers!

  • Macho Man's Ghost

    After state and federal taxes are deducted, each will end up with about a years worth of Long Island property taxes.

  • CSI

    Stop Hating.

    • liberal

      I love immigrants.
      I hate illegals.

  • Puzzled in NY

    Good for them all, I pray that they will all lead happy and productive lives with their new-found wealth.

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