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10/06/2012 01:01 am ET

Willie McPherson And Christopher Manzi Win Mega Millions Jackpot After Playing Together For 25 Years

It took persistence, but 25 years of effort paid off big time for two old friends in New York.

Willie McPherson, 74, and Christopher Manzi, 44, won a $14 million jackpot last month playing the Mega Millions lottery, according to the New York Post. The two had been buying lottery tickets together for a quarter of a century after becoming friends while working at Manzi’s print shop in Manhattan.

Despite having spent a sizable amount of cash on their lottery habit over the years, neither McPherson nor Manzi shelled out a dime for the winning ticket. As part of a lottery promotion, they received two Quick Picks for free.

"We won $14 million on a free play ticket," McPherson told to the New York Daily News. "[It feels] beautiful."

The pair opted to take the prize in one lump sum, which, after taxes, comes out to about $3.5 million each. Media accounts indicated the two may celebrate in Miami.

Kyu's Coffee Shop, which gave McPherson the winning ticket, received $10,000 for its hand in the deal, NBC News reported.

Earlier this week, a group of Quaker Oats employees who had pooled their cash claimed a $10,004 Powerball prize. Astonishingly, the win came only a few months after another group of Quaker Oats workers won a $241 million Powerball jackpot.

PHOTO of McPherson and Manzi with their winnings:
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