It's been weeks since the world witnessed the Mega Millions soar to a near $1.6 billion and a single ticket winning the top jackpot prize. Although no one has come forward to claim the prize, a group of nurses who won $10,000 in the legendary draw have done something absolutely remarkable with their Mega Millions prize.
Five tickets were sold in Missouri that was worth $10,000 each. A group of 126 nurses from Mercy Children’s Hospital collectively bought one of those tickets.
After taxes, the group of nurses were left with $7,200. Once split between 126 nurses, they each got $56 each. So they decided to do something worthwhile with the total prize amount instead.
Brinkman, the group’s leader told lottery officials, “The majority said, 'let's give it to our co-workers, our family, the ones that are in biggest need' so that's what we decided to do.
Brinkman presented two checks to nurse Gretchen Post and neonatologist, Casey Orellana saying, “I know it's not the $1.6 billion dollars but here is what we have to offer you,” Brinkman recalls saying. “Hopefully, it'll help.”
Fellow nurse, Casey Orellana's husband, Phil was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer earlier this year. The couple have two children, so to take care of everyone, Casey cut her hours at Mercy Children’s Hospital in half.
“When I got that phone call about the lottery winnings, it was a day I was wondering how we were going to pay for certain medications and it just touches your heart,” said Casey.
The other half of the Mega Millions win went to Gretchen Post, who endured a painful family tragedy when her son committed suicide on October 23. If the date rings a bell, it’s probably because it’s the same night as the $1.6 billion Mega Millions draw took place.
Gretchen’s son Jack was 17 years old, and a junior at St. Francis Borgia High School in Washington, Missouri. He was the youngest of three kids.
“Jack always had a smile on his face. He did not lead anyone on that this would happen,” Post said.
“Certainly knowing that I'm not the only one fighting this battle, that there are people there to support me, certainly makes it easier for me,” Phil Orellana said.
It’s always good hearing heart-warming stories like these and it makes you realise once again just how dedicated hospital staff are, not only to their patients but perhaps even more so to each other.
While the jackpot winners might not have come forward as of yet, its good to know that winners from the night of the draw have put their share of the Mega Millions prizes to such good use.
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