LIMA — It’s not “take this job and shove it” life-changing, but the Ohio Lottery winnings for some Sign Source employees will mean some cleared debt or maybe a new car.
Twenty-eight employees hit a partial jackpot in the Powerball drawing Wednesday night and claimed their prize Thursday at the Dayton office of the Ohio Lottery Commission.
The employees are sharing a $2 million prize that will amount to about $47,000 for each of them, after taxes, said Ramona Suarez, 35, a sign assembler who has worked at the company about three years.
What’s it feel like to win the lottery?
“I keep saying, ‘pinch me.’ It feels surreal,” Suarez said. “We’re just walking around with smiles on our faces. I’d like to take a day off, but I still have bills.”
Suarez plans on taking care of some debts. She said others are thinking about buying a new car. Most likely, more than a few will pick up the tab at dinner this weekend, she said.
And, this lesson is for all you co-workers who don’t participate in the lottery pool. More than half at Sign Source didn’t put their three bucks in the kitty.
“Yes, we’re rubbing it in today,” Suarez said.
The winning ticket hit five of the six numbers and included the “Power Play,” which resulted in the $2 million instead of the $80 million total jackpot. The odds of hitting five numbers are one in more than 5.1 million, according to the Powerball website.
An employee purchased the winning ticket at Just Smokes on Metcalf Street.
Sign Source USA Inc. was founded in 1996 as a wholesale channel letter manufacturer and employs about 75 people. The company makes large signage, including three-dimensional lighted lettering, for building fronts.