2005-06-01 11:39:30.973

Lottery Team Of The Month Says "Show Us the Money"

Congratulations to a group of 54 lottery players from the Poplar Bluff area, who have appropriately named their group "Show Us the Money."    Their group was recognized as the Lottery Team of the Month for June 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 group is made up of current and former Gates Corporation employees and has been playing together for nearly three years.   Each member contributes $2 a week for a chance at winning the Powerball jackpot. 

The team members are:     

Charlie Alexander, Williamsville
Charley Blackman, Poplar Bluff
Dennis Bowman, Poplar Bluff
Keith Carter, Poplar Bluff
Clark Chrisman, Doniphan
Debbie Chrisman, Doniphan
Jerry Clark, Puxico
Terry Clark, Fisk
Charlie Cobb, Doniphan
Ron Conley, Doniphan
Roger Cooper, Elsinore
Donna Copas, Greenville
Bobby Dale, Doniphan
Karen Day, Naylor
Karen DeWitt, Poplar Bluff
Ronnie Drake, Qulin
Rita Eaton, Williamsville
Robert Goff, Poplar Bluff
Annie Gray, Dudley
Don Griffin, Doniphan
Gary Hatch, Poplar Bluff
Debbie Hillis, Broseley
Aaron Jarrell, Poplar Bluff
Venita Johnson, Broseley
Rosalee Johnson, Poplar Bluff
Roger Joplin, Poplar Bluff
Carolyn Kellems, Poplar Bluff
Kevin King, Van Buren
Kevin Leutert, Qulin
Suzie Leutert, Qulin
Ron Lynk, Poplar Bluff
Sue Mansfield, Poplar Bluff
Lana Moore, Poplar Bluff
Sharon Moore, Dudley
Phylis Neyman, Poplar Bluff
Faye Piroli, Poplar Bluff
Kelly Pyle, Poplar Bluff
Lois Reed, Williamsville
Tommi Robinson, Dudley
Kenny Rommel, Poplar Bluff
Mary Stroud, Poplar Bluff
Connie Swinger, Williamsville
Sherry Teal, Poplar Bluff
Saundra Tompkins, Qulin
James Tucker, Poplar Bluff
Mike Weatherford, Poplar Bluff
Jeannie Wheeler, Poplar Bluff
Boyd Whithorn, Poplar Bluff
Mitch Whithorn, Poplar Bluff
Tommy Wooten, Poplar Bluff
Vickie Wooten, Poplar Bluff
William Yeley, Poplar Bluff
Joanne Zittle, Poplar Bluff

After reading about a group of housekeepers who won a large jackpot, a few employees from the Gates Corporation decided to organize a group of their own. 

"We want to win, and we have as good a chance as anyone else," said group member Rosalee Johnson from Neelyville.

Suzetta "Suzie" Leutert, lottery captain for the group, said when the group first formed, each member filled out a playslip.   Some chose their own numbers and others chose the Quick Pick option, but everyone has played the same numbers since that first play.

"Someone told us to keep playing the same numbers, so that’s what we’ve done," said Leutert.

Leutert said she usually buys the group’s tickets at Bradley’s Foods, 13455 Highway 53 in Qulin. 

The group has won a couple of significant prizes, including a $128 prize two weeks ago.

"We let the winnings accumulate (to $54), and then we have a ’Free Play Day’ for everyone," Leutert said.

"The thought of winning and not having to work is what keeps us playing each week," said Rita Eaton, group member from Poplar Bluff. 

"The bigger the group, the better the chance you have of winning," added Tommy Wooten, also of Poplar Bluff.

When asked what she would do if the group ever won a jackpot prize, Leutert said, "After I quit screaming or am stabilized at the hospital, I would call everyone and let them know."

Congratulations again, and good luck to the "Show Us the Money" group of Poplar Bluff!

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