2003-07-30 11:36:08.0


A group of 30 employees from a Tulsa law firm is sharing a $100,000 "Powerball settlement" after buying a ticket for the July 9 drawing.   The 30 employees of the Pray, Walker, Jackman, Williamson & Marlar law firm in the group are:  Cheryl Yates, Shanna Hardin, Gregory Crawford, Steven Butterfield, Patricia Huchteman, Emily Maples, Jill Drewyor, William Toney, Kevin Doyle, C. Bruce Jones, Kimberly Richardson, William Eagleton IV, Darlene Tracy, Donald Smith, William Gregory James, Chad Taylor, W. Bland Williamson, John McCormick Jr., Donald Marlar, Rhonda Nichols, Sandra Bjork and Rita Gassaway, all of Tulsa, Okla.; Susan Woodson and Gloria Mitchell, both of Broken Arrow, Okla.; Nicole Wiltshire and Toby Loomis, both of Collinsville, Okla.; Margaret Wolfe of Edmond, Okla.; Thomas Askew of Sand Springs, Okla.; Freda Skidmore of Porter, Okla.; and Janice Steinkirchner of Afton, Okla.  Each of the 30 members of the pool will receive approximately $3,333.

Sandra Bjork, controller for the firm, said the group is made up of 14 attorneys and 16 other staff.   She said attorney Greg Crawford purchased 30 $5 Powerball tickets at The Mill in Southwest City, when he went to visit his parents in Grove, Okla., near the Missouri border.  When he returned to work, he asked who wanted to put $5 in on the pool of tickets, and the first 30 people got in the pool.

"This was the first time we ever bought tickets in Missouri," Bjork said.   "We’ve bought some in Kansas before."

Bjork said Crawford initially looked at the ticket after the drawing to see if they had matched any of the Powerball numbers.  When they didn’t, he assumed they didn’t win much.  After another employee took the tickets and checked the Missouri Lottery’s Web site and discovered the ticket was worth $100,000.

To date, 656 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.




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