Friendship and integrity are the real winners in this lottery story.
Fifteen co-workers from Quad Graphics in Pennsylvania started an office lottery pool last month, according to ABC. During the March 23 drawing, they won just $4.
The next week, one of the pool members took those winnings to buy more tickets and was much luckier the second time around. Unbeknownst to her co-workers, Linda Golden of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, had purchased a prize-winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million.
Although the 14 other members of the so-called "Quad 15" office pool were unaware of her second purchase, the 63-year-old printing plant employee never once thought of keeping the winnings for herself, ABC reported.
"It would have been just as easy for her to claim that winning ticket as her own," Liz Pavelchak, one of the "Quad 15" pool members, told WGAL. "She's our angel."
Instead of keeping her purchase a secret, Golden gave her coworkers the surprise of a lifetime. "I came in and acted like I was upset about something," she told the Evening Sun. "I said, 'We just won $1 million' and they just stood there and looked at me."
After the 15-way split, each co-worker stands to walk away with approximately $66,666 before taxes.
According to a CBS affiliate, most of the winners planned to use the money to pay off loans or save for retirement. But the winnings would make a remarkable difference for pool member Cindy Smit, who has been unable to work since January due to medical needs. She may now be able to afford the necessary treatment.
"Character is what you do when no one is looking," Stanley told WGAL.