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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!

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