After a nationwide frenzy, lottery officials revealed yesterday that three Maryland residents had pitched in to buy one of the winning Mega Millions tickets. Each of the lucky winners will pocket around $35 million, after taxes.
That figure is exciting in its own right. But what makes this story truly remarkable is that all three of these winners, who have chosen to remain anonymous, work in the state’s public education system—and they’ve all decided to keep doing the work they love.
That kind of dedication to students is a clear rebuke to the far-right’s ongoing efforts to pad the pockets of the 1 percent by slashing wages for public employees and painting teachers as over-paid and uncommitted. In fact, all three of the Maryland winners had been working two jobs to support their families.
I think we can all agree that no one should have to win the lottery just to make ends meet, least of all the educators who dedicate their lives to ensuring a brighter future for our children.