True to their word, the Wells Fargo employees who claimed the $543million Mega Millions jackpot last week showed up to work on Monday, giving the phrase ‘laughing all the way to the bank’ a whole new meaning.
Customers at the Wells Fargo branch on Branham Lane in San Jose, California, described a buoyant yet understated mood inside the bank on Monday.
‘They were all happy-happy-happy!’ Darlene Medina told The Mercury News. ‘They were very enthused!’
All 11 lucky employees in the office pool who came away multi-millionaires from the July 24 draw said they intended to resume work.
It’s in the bank: This is the lucky Well Fargo branch in San Jose, California, where 11 employees won $543million from the Mega Millions lottery
Something to smile about? A bank staffer without a nameplate is seen entering the bank on Monday, when some of the 11 winners returned to work
Curious bystanders and news crews swarmed the branch, but employees remained tight-lipped
On Monday, several of the winners were already back on the job at the branch, reported NBC Bay Area. It has been rumored that one of the workers had gone out of town to avoid the publicity.
It was largely business-as-usual at the branch on Monday, except for the fact that employees arriving at work were not wearing their nameplates and there was a PR consultant on hand to deal with the media attention.
News cameras and curious bystanders swarmed outside the doors of the Well Fargo branch, but staffers remained tight-lipped.
The jackpot winners opted to receive a one-time payment of $29million each, according to lottery officials. After paying federal taxes, each person will take home about $19million.
‘They’re like all smiles, they didn’t say much,’ bank customer Pamela Burroughs. reported back to ABC 7 News.
In this July 25, 2018, photo, California Lottery deputy director of communications Russ Lopez, right, speaks during a news conference with Vishal Birly, from left, Kiran Sachdev, Amol Sachdev and Ernie’s Liquors owner Kewal Sachdev outside the store where the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was told to the Wells Fargo office pool
The winners have been identified as Roland Reyes, Marigold Villaruz, Rita Sinha, Murad Kureshi, Nga Lam, My Nguyen, Solonachchige Dissanayake, Isabel Dominguez, Alejandra Villanueva, Alice Socorro and Joji Ziegele, according to California Lottery. Their ages ranges from 21 to 60 years old.
‘It was spur of the moment. ‘Hey, did you hear about the jackpot? We should play,” Reyes said, according to a press release from the lottery.
Reyes added the he and his co-workers are ‘normal people’ and they want to keep their jobs.
‘We love that company. We love what we’ve built there. We have a good time and want to stay together,’ he said after claiming the prize.
Everyone pitched in $2 into the bank branch pool. The sole winning ticket was sold at Ernie’s Liquors on South White Road in San Jose.
The shop owner received a $1million bonus for selling the wining jackpot ticket
The sole winning ticket was sold at Ernie’s Liquors on South White Road in San Jose (pictured)
‘United States is a country where you can realize your dreams really well. This country has given us the opportunity to do that,’ owner Kewal Sachdev said.
‘I wish these winners very well and hope they do some good work, some charity work, and take care of their families and friends.’
Members of the Sachdev family posed for a photo in front of the store with novelty checks for the winners and the million dollar check for themselves. They plan to donate some of the money to charities and to their employees.