February 24, 2006
Nine Co-Workers In Platte City Win $200,000 Powerball Prize on First Group Play
A group of nine co-workers at the Platte County High School in Platte City won a $200,000 Powerball prize the first time they ever played as a group. The group, who won the prize in the Feb. 15 drawing, is comprised of six teachers and three maintenance workers. They are: Tamara Judds, 47, of Lake Waukomis; Rebecca Stallard, 42, of Platte City; Carla Johnson, 43, of Edgerton; Steven Myers, 54, of Overland Park, Kan.; Kelli Buckler, 45, and Jonna Anderson, 48, both of Dearborn; Charles Siler, 54, of Weston; Coleen Johnson, 33, of Kansas City; Daniel Stevens, 46, of St. Joseph. Each will receive approximately $22,222 before taxes.
"I told them I felt really lucky that day," said Judds, who purchased the winning ticket for the group at Trex Mart, 15590, Highway 92 in Tracy. She collected $5 from each of the members and purchased $45 worth of Quick Pick plays. The winning white-ball numbers were: 3, 13, 35, 39 and 40.
Judds said she and her husband, James, plan to invest most of their prize winnings.
"I’m going to give some of it to the ovarian cancer (facility) on Barry Road," said Judds. "I lost my aunt about a month ago to ovarian cancer and that’s where she wanted all her contributions - in lieu of flowers - to go to that."
Judds said other members planned to make purchases like a swing set and a big-screen television, along with sharing with relatives.
The second-level prize increased from $100,000 to $200,000 when Powerball underwent a game redesign that took effect on Aug. 28, 2005. The game changes were made to create larger and faster growing jackpots. Since the game’s redesign, 26 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.