Ten Iowa Co-Workers Claim $1 Million Power Play
A group of 10 co-workers from a Des Moines tire-manufacturing plant stepped forward recently to claim a $1 million Powerball prize they’d won with a ticket purchased at a local convenience store for the October 10th Powerball drawing. The co-workers who all produce agricultural tires at the Des Moines Firestone plant are calling themselves “The Local 310 Ten” because they’re all members of Local 310 of the United Steelworkers Union. They’ve pooled their money to buy Powerball tickets together for about five years and made for a happy bunch as news of their good fortune spread.
“I’ve been coming to grips with it since 11:15 p.m. Saturday night (night of draw) when I called in and read the numbers and was actually disappointed because we didn’t have any Powerballs on our ticket,” said Dan Kelley of Urbandale, who buys the group’s tickets. “And low and behold, there it was on the bottom line, the last one on the ticket. And I just had to sit back and take a deep breath and call the Iowa Lottery once again to double-check my numbers on the verification line.”
Kelley bought the group’s winning ticket at Casey’s, 4560 E. 14th St. in Des Moines. It was the only ticket in the nation to win a $1 million prize in that drawing. When the Powerball game was redesigned in January, one of the changes made was specifically for the prize you win if your ticket matches the first five numbers and you’ve added the Power Play. The prize for that play is always $1 million, no matter what the Power Play number is for that drawing.
Kelley’s wife, Susan, won a $100,000 Powerball prize in 2005 and hadn’t added the Power Play to her ticket, so her prize wasn’t multiplied. Kelley said that’s when the group decided to start playing the Power Play. Don Root, 56, of Ankeny, is another member of the group. He said he found out about their good fortune about 5 a.m. Sunday after the draw when Kelley called him, rousing him from sleep to tell him how much they’d won. “He said we’d won and he told me how much. I just kind of said, ‘Yeah,” and I hung the phone up,” Root said. “I went over and sat down and kind of realized what he’d told me and the adrenaline kind of hit. It took about 20 minutes to hit and then I realized what he’d actually said.”
As the group claimed its prize, the members of The Local 310 Ten were pooling their money to buy more tickets for the next drawing. As always, Kelley checked off the names in the pool in his notebook. “We’ve all got a bond because we’re after the same goal and that’s products made in America and to keep America going,” he said.
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.”
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