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Pennsylvania medical workers share $1 million

Million Dollar Medicals

Drawing Date: 7/28/2023

September 20, 2023 - Officials from the Pennsylvania Lottery and Nittany MiniMart, a Lottery retailer, today presented a commemorative check to a group of 15 UPMC medical workers, who call themselves the Million Dollar Medicals after winning $1 million from the historic July 28 Mega Millions® drawing. The check presentation was held at Nittany MiniMart, 18265 Route 6, Smethport, Penn., where the winning ticket was sold. The store received a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

A spokesperson for the group, Jackie Burdick of McKean County, said five of them started playing together as a group 20 years ago and it just grew from there.

“This is the first time we won!” said Burdick. “I’m usually the one who collects the money from my co-workers to play the Lottery. We made a last-minute decision to play that day.”

“I was at a doctor’s appointment in Pittsburgh, when I saw on the news that someone won $1 million. Then a family member called me and said, ‘Someone in Smethport won! You better check your ticket.’ I was like, ‘I better check.’”

Jackie went on to say that when she did scan the ticket with the PA Lottery Official App, it instructed her to ‘see a retailer.’

“When I scanned it at a retailer it showed, ‘Congratulations you won $1 million!’ I thought, ‘Oh my gosh this can’t be real. I have to call these girls!’” she said.

“I was in disbelief!” said Jackie. “I was jumping up and down, screaming, yelling and crying! I thought, ‘I can’t wait to tell everyone.’”

Each member of the group has already received a check for an estimated $48,600, after taxes.

“I think I’ll spend my portion of the prize on my kids, grandkids and a nice vacation,” Burdick added.

“We always say, it only takes one ticket to win, and their last-minute decision certainly paid off,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “We appreciate all medical workers and congratulate this group for winning this prize. Pool play is a terrific way to play responsibly and within your means.”

This group’s winning ticket was part of a historic Mega Millions jackpot run, which began on April 21, 2023, and lasted until August 8, 2023. It was also a big win for Pennsylvania’s older residents, because that jackpot run generated more than $108.7 million in sales in Pennsylvania, and an estimated profit of $43.5 million for programs that Pennsylvania seniors rely on every day.