A winning Super Lotto ticket worth $17.5 million was purchased by 18 Glendale Bank of America employees from the husband of the one of the workers, state lottery officials said Monday.
"I sold the ticket to my wife," exclaimed Firoz Ali, as the couple's son Farhan smiled broadly at television cameras clustered around the Van Nuys lottery office while six members of the group claimed their prizes.
The group held one of four tickets that lottery officials said won the $70 million drawing.
"We tried other stores," said Annie Anderson, a section manager at the bank. But after losing twice over the past four months, the group dispatched employee Gul Ali-Kurlawala to try her luck at her husband's store, Rodeo Liquor and Deli.
Ali-Kurlawala said she almost rejected what turned out to be the lucky ticket, one of 92 she bought for her co-workers. She had wanted any winnings to be paid in a lump sum, but her husband accidentally issued the ticket with the stipulation that winnings be paid out over a 26-year period.