February's Lottery Team Of The Month: The Sioux Chiefs
Congratulations to the Sioux Chiefs of Peculiar! Their group was recognized as the Lottery Team of the Month for the month of February as part of the Missouri Lottery’s 2005 Lottery Captains’ promotion, which awards a Lottery players group with cool prizes and a feature at Molottery.com each month during the calendar year.
The Sioux Chiefs are a group of 21 co-workers who work together in the customer service department at Sioux Chief Manufacturing in Peculiar, which manufactures plumbing products for professional plumbing and mechanical contractors. They have been pooling their money twice a week for the past couple of years to play Powerball and occasionally other Numbers Games.
Genevieve "Jennie" Barnard, the Lottery Captain for the group, said she usually buys the group’s tickets at Tom’s Liquors, 900 S. Commercial in Harrisonville.
"I have each group member give me their five favorite lucky numbers--a lot of them use their birthdays, anniversaries or good-luck numbers--and I buy their tickets with those numbers. Then, I make photocopies of the group’s tickets and disperse them to group members.
"When we win, we use the money to buy Quick Pick tickets for the next week," said Barnard.
Barnard said when the (Powerball) jackpot grows, there are a few others that like to join the group.
"I’m fine with that because a jackpot that high is more than we’ll ever need in a lifetime," said Barnard. "So why not share?"
When the group was asked what keeps them playing week after week," they replied simultaneously, "Jennie!"
"She’s so sure we’re going to win," said group member Judy Sanderson. "It keeps us playing."
"She has taken down our phone numbers and cell phone numbers so she can reach us in case we win," said another group member, Keri Harms. Recently, the group came within one number of winning a $100,000 Powerball prize.
"I let them (group members) pay in advance, or I’ll even cover them if they’re out of the office on vacation or sick," said Barnard. "They’ll just pay me back when they get a chance."
"I paid three months in advance when I went on maternity leave," said group member, Mai Norman. "Even though I’m back to work now, I still like to pay three months in advance for my tickets."
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