Navy Federal Credit Union Employees Claim $2 Million Lottery Prize

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One of the 33 lottery tickets purchased by Navy Federal Credit Union employees was a winner, and now each person is taking home roughly $45,000.

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Pensacola resident Regina Spence poses with a $2 million check from Florida Lottery on behalf of herself and her colleagues.(Photo: Courtesy of Florida Lottery)

More than two dozen Navy Federal Credit Union employees padded their bank accounts this week thanks to a lucky investment.

Pensacola resident Regina Spence accepted a $2 million check from Florida Lottery on behalf of herself and 32 of her colleagues who won the lotto Jan. 3. When divvied up, the winnings came out to about $45,000 per person. That’s the figure after taxes, Spence said, and it’s all upfront. 

“This still doesn’t seem real,” Spence said. “It still feels like I’m talking about someone else.”

An employee with Navy Federal since 2009, Spence said the office only goes in on lottery tickets a couple of times a year, if that. After buying 33 tickets at $3 apiece from the Circle K on Pensacola Boulevard at the turn of the new year, Spence was tasked with keeping tabs on the drawing.  

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“I sent photos of all the tickets to one of my coworkers, and about 20 minutes later, he said, ‘I think one of these is a match,'” Spence recalled. “I stared back and forth at the ticket and the lottery page online and said, ‘This can’t be true.’ Both of my roommates were telling me it was legit. I literally hit the floor and cried.” 

The winning numbers that Spence couldn’t wrap her mind around were 2, 18, 37, 39, 42. If it had also included the No. 12 for the Power Ball, the office would have hit on a $570 million jackpot. 

Spence said she has modest plans for her cut of the prize money. 

“Pretty much I’m paying off all my student loans and loans and credit cards,” she said. “I’m going to do a few home updates, which I’m excited about. And buy my parents a new refrigerator.” 

Spence said the longtime family fridge was pretty rundown when she last got a look at it on Thanksgiving, so it’s time for an upgrade. 

“They’re amazing people and, you know, and they don’t really focus on themselves too often,” she said of her parents. 

According to the office chatter this week, most of her colleagues also have modest plans. She said one coworker plans to pay for her upcoming wedding with the money, but almost everyone else is just happy to have some breathing room. 

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“One of the girls is just excited about getting her kid a new pair of shoes,” Spence said. “It’s just cool to see everyone kind of taking a deep breath and relaxing.” 

It’s not enough cash to quit her job and buy herself an island, but some people Spence has recently interacted with on social media haven’t totally gotten that memo. 

“It’s funny, I’ve been getting random friend requests (on Facebook) and messaging these people saying, ‘Hi, just curious, do I know you?’ and I’ve been screenshotting some of the replies. It’s been absolutely hilarious,” Spence said. “Someone said, ‘I think you look really pretty, it’s not because you won the lottery or anything.'”

“I guess people don’t read the full headline when they see the photo and see I’m claiming for an office pool,” Spence said. “‘I didn’t win $2 million but yeah, it’s nice to meet you.'”

Jake Newby can be reached at jnewby@pnj.com or 850-435-8538.

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