Ground zero construction workers win second prize in lottery drawing
The 18 winners work at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
January 7th, 2011
07:35 PM ET

Ground zero construction workers win second prize in lottery drawing

A lucky band of ground zero construction workers scored a $250,000 prize in a Christmas Eve Mega Millions lottery drawing, picking five of six numbers correctly, the New York Lottery says.

The 18 men, who work at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, say they ran a workplace pool in which each of them chipped in $5.

The group got a check for $165,075 - after taxes - which left each man pocketing $9,170.         

They "couldn't believe it at first," said John Kennedy, one of the 18. "We thought we were getting our legs pulled."

Kennedy said he accepted the groups' second-place prize December 27 on behalf of his co-workers at the Lottery's New York Customer Service Center in Manhattan.

"It was a nice little Christmas bonus for all of us," he said.

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