Employees At Elmont H.S. Split $1 Million Lotto Prize

ELMONT, NY (CBSNewYork) – They are teachers, secretaries, janitors, and a couple lunch ladies at Elmont Memorial High School on Long Island, where 110 employees will share a $1 million Powerball prize.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Split 110 ways, it comes to about $4,000 a piece.

Math teacher Chris Persaud said it’s bittersweet.

“You can’t help but feel like, oh my G-d. So close, you know,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

And they were very close – one number off.

They matched five numbers, but not the Powerball.

There was one Powerball ticket sold in Rhode Island for the $336 million prize.

Teacher John Squilace said the students are giving him plenty of advice what to do with the dough.

“They’ve all been telling that I should buy my girlfriend a ring,” he said.

Persaud knows what he’s doing with his share.

“Save a little bit, treat the wife, maybe play our luck at Atlantic City,” he said.

What would you do with an extra $4,000? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • CASHonly

    The headline is wrong: The ticket was for Powerball, not NY Lotto. These 110 employees probably know that NY Lotto is the “world’s biggest ripoff”, since only 40% of sales is paid back in prize money. BTW the $1 million prize they won is lump sum, so each share is over 9k in cash before withholdings.

  • Ellen

    Congratulations to the wonderfrul students at Elmont Memorial for supporting their teachers. It must be an amazing school with amazing students!

  • jay

    i am a proud alumni of Elmont Memorial and i really hate seeing these negative commments…these teachers are great at what they do for you to bad mouth them on the interent at that is pathetic and sad on your part…you guys must be pretty upset you didn’t win.

  • Atheena

    I agree with samantha, Why should you bring down people? I also attend Elmont memorial high school and we are like a big family. These unnecessary comments bring down the school. I say congrats to the teachers!

  • Samantha

    I am one of the students that attends this High School, a senior, and I would like to make it clear to everyone who is commenting on this that the teachers do a great job at what they do. I don’t think its necessary for all these negative comments. I’m just glad that they won something, and they’re thankful. Live a little and be happy for the people that work hard everyday, they deserved it. Certainly if it were you, you would be doing the same thing.

  • Nem


    Have to point out that you may fancy yourself a math whiz, but the word is ‘site’. Get over yourself.

    • KPMc

      Math wiz???

      1M divided by 110?

      If that’s a Math Wiz I guess you are word magician!

  • Scott

    Nice to know they are setting a good example about gambling with the kids and spending time running around collecting money to play the lottery and so forth. Maybe they wil find the time to educate the kids and set a good example with the new found wealth. But judging from the comments made by some of them so far, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    • Teacher Fan

      Seriously? You think that they are not educating children because they have a lottery group?? Most places of employment have people that play together. When the people won from Costco, do you think the store shelves were empty and the customers were not rung up because they have a lottery pool? I love ignorant people that just love to hate on teachers!

  • KPMc

    “Split 110 ways, it comes to about $4,000 a piece.”

    No… it does not. Maybe you mean after taxes or a lump sum but 1 Million dollars divide by 110 is closer to $9,000.

    What is even funnier (or more pathetic, depending on your outlook) is the following sentence…

    “Math teacher Chris Persaud said it’s bittersweet.”

    Maybe CBS’ Sophia Hall and the people who run this sight should have asked the Math teacher to do the math for them!

    • KPMc

      And oh yeah… apiece is one word!

      • Blasterific

        The spell checking and grammar police are active. Thank you now I will sleep better at night. KPMc for school chancellor.

  • teetotaler

    With taxes withheld it will be a lot less. Their lives will not change. They will be back on the job.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Giving Tuesday
Charles Osgood Event

Listen Live