Colorado Group Wins $1 Million Power Play Prize
Ball Aerospace in Boulder might be the luckiest company in Colorado. Nine Ball employees won $1 million in the Saturday, September 26th Powerball drawing – the second group of Ball workers to win a major prize on Powerball this year.
Jeff Davis, an aerospace technician at the company, represented the latest batch of Ball winners, claiming the group’s prize in the Colorado Lottery’s Fort Collins office Wednesday morning. The workers won the windfall by matching five numbers in the Powerball drawing and choosing the Power Play option for an extra $1. Players who match five numbers in the Powerball drawing usually win a $200,000 prize, but selecting the Power Play option (for an extra $1) automatically multiplies their winnings by five.
Davis said his co-workers pitch in $4 each for every drawing once the jackpot hits $90 million. The group has been buying tickets collectively for about six months, but the win still took everyone by surprise. In fact, Davis’ son, who is also part of the pool, was convinced that someone was playing a joke on him when he realized that one of the group’s tickets (which Davis had made photocopies of) matched five of the numbers drawn.
“He asked a co-worker to look at and I think they must have looked at it 40 times,” said Davis. “He just really didn’t believe it.” Davis bought his ticket at the Country Corner Store in Hygiene not far from his home. “I can’t tell you how happy they were,” says Davis, who plans to save his windfall. The group works at Ball’s facility in Boulder. In June, Pat Weber and Terry Hutson, co-workers at Ball’s plant in Broomfield, won $200,000 playing Powerball. Davis said the pool will continue despite the big win. He has already purchased $36 worth of tickets for the next drawing. “We’re going to hit the big one,” said Davis. “Lightning strikes twice.”
Missouri Group Claims $10,000 Prize
A group of fellow employees has stepped forward to claim one of the eight $10,000 prizes won in Missouri for the Oct. 3rd Powerball drawing. Eight co-workers from the Missouri Air National Guard at Jefferson Barracks have been playing the Lottery together for two or three years, according to Julia Bauer, who spoke on behalf of the group.
"Each of us put in $2 a drawing," explained Bauer. "I go in on Wednesday and buy for both Wednesday and Saturday at the same time. They're the same number, quick pick." While the group has had some luck winning $3 or $7 in the past, this was their biggest win to date. "I went online and wrote down the numbers," recalled Bauer. "The first thing I usually go check for is the Powerball. And I go, 'Look, we got the Powerball. There's another one, and another one, and another one. "We had four white-ball numbers and the Powerball."
News of their win began to spread Sunday afternoon, and the group traveled to the St. Louis Lottery office on Monday to claim their prize. Each member will receive an equal share of the $10,000 prize. The eight winners are: William Dawson, Arnold; Mary Clubb, House Springs; Virginia Todd, Hillsboro; Arthur Schuermann, Carol Wheeler, Michael Rangel and William Reibe, all of St. Louis; and Julia Bauer of St. Paul. Bauer purchased the tickets for the group at Petro Mart, 2701 Telegraph Road, in St. Louis. She indicated that plans for the money ranged from vacations to paying bills. "One of the girls said her dryer just went out. And we had one that just retired," she said. Now that they've won a big prize, don't expect them to stop. Bauer said, "They are already giving me money for next month."
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