Four dance choreographers and nine workers at a movie production accounting firm came forward Monday to collect their half of the $23-million Super Lotto jackpot.
The winners are employed at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio and the Owen & DeSalvo accounting firm in North Hollywood. They split $5.3 million, according to lottery officials.
Deborah Owen, a member of the winning group, said workers at her firm regularly play the lottery, pooling dollars they collect for the state lottery's biweekly Super Lotto drawings. Typically, they wait until the jackpot hits $6 million.
Last week, the group collected enough money to buy 17 Quik Pick tickets at a 7-Eleven on Lankershim Boulevard. They took the cash up front.
Owen said a co-worker took home a photocopy of the ticket and discovered they had won as she perused the newspaper 7 a.m. Sunday.
"I don't think you like to be disturbed early Sunday morning," Owen said. "But you are going to want to be disturbed."