2004-02-13 11:50:08.05

Freight Line Employees Haul In $100,000 Playing Powerball

Story Photo Four co-workers at Old Dominion Freight Lines in St. Louis hauled in a $100,000 prize in the Feb. 4 Powerball drawing. Scott Welty of St. Clair, Thomas Barbero of Florissant, Jeffrey Woods of St. Charles and Jason Todd of Winfield will each receive $25,000, before taxes.

Welty said the men, who are drivers and managers, have been playing the same 10 sets of numbers for nearly two years. He said when they started the group play, they each picked two sets of numbers, and then they selected the final two combinations using averages of the other numbers. The winning numbers, which the group thinks were picked by Jason Todd, were: 7, 12, 17, 25 and 32.

Welty said each week, he collects $5 from each of the men, and every Wednesday, his wife, Jean, buys $10 worth of Powerball tickets for the Wednesday night draw and $10 worth of tickets for the Saturday night draw. Jean Welty bought the winning ticket at St. Clair IGA, 925 Plaza Drive in St. Clair.

Welty said most of the men planned to use their prize money to pay off bills and take vacations.

"One guy is going to have a baby, and one just had one, so it’ll (prize money) come in handy," he said.

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