2006-01-30 14:32:38.433

Four Co-Workers Share $200,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo Four co-workers at FAG Bearings in Joplin are sharing more than the workload after they won $200,000 in the Jan. 14 Powerball drawing. The winners are: Jay Ellis, 57, of Webb City; Edward "Ed" Campbell, 61, of Joplin; Rodney "Rod" Hodson, 54, of Oronogo; and Clifford "Cliff" Crowder, 53, of Saginaw. Ellis purchased the winning ticket for the group at Fast 4-U in Oronogo. He let the computer pick the winning numbers. They were: 6, 14, 40, 46 and 49. Ellis said "nobody believed me" when he told the group they won the second-level prize. "I plan to use my share to pay the truck and car off," Ellis said. "We’ll also use some to remodel the kitchen." Ellis said the others plan to use their $50,000 prize money for things like paying off their home mortgages and building a garage. The second-level prize increased from $100,000 to $200,000 when Powerball underwent a game redesign on Aug. 28, 2005. The game changes were made to create larger and faster growing jackpots. Since the game’s redesign, 19 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.

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