School employees hit the jackpot, and so does school
There's something lucky about the campus of Bandini Elementary School in Commerce.
Groups of employees -- including teachers -- have won big in the California Lottery twice in a year, and their good fortune has been passed on to the school.
Last month, a group of 12 employees won a prize worth $262,743 when the numbers 48, 24, 51, 56 and 30 were called in the Mega Millions drawing Dec. 2.
And last February, a group of 16 school employees won the SuperLotto Plus prize -- a $12-million jackpot.
Officials with the Montebello Unified School District, of which Bandini Elementary is part, said Wednesday that the school has benefited from the winnings: The 12 employees who won the big prize bought the school a new sound system. The recent winners have a few ideas about what to do for the school, including an upgraded school marquee to announce events and improving the playground.
District officials pointed out that the employees helped the school just by playing the lottery: Since 1985, revenues from the game have contributed more than $23 billion to state education coffers.
-- Rick Rojas