19 Railroad Workers in De Soto Sharing $200,000 Powerball Prize
A group of 19 co-workers for the Union Pacific Railroad in De Soto are sharing more than the workload after one of their Powerball tickets from the April 19 drawing turned out to be worth $200,000. Each of the 19 will receive a check for approximately $10,526 before taxes. The winners are: Lawrence Fulton and Timothy Miller, both of Bonne Terre; Rick Bowen, William Coxwell, Kevin DeClue, Leslie Huskey, Douglas Rees, Judith Rees, Jason Rees, John Rogers and Marvin Williams, all of De Soto; James Laramore Jr. of Farmington; Thomas Adams, Floyd Ferguson and Rodger Kemper, all of Festus; Douglas Walsh of Hillsboro; Thomas Pouliezos of Imperial; Michael Coleman of Potosi; and Gregory Wideman of Richwoods.
DeClue said he buys and checks the tickets for the group each week, and it took him a few weeks before he discovered the group’s win on May 3. He bought the winning ticket at De Soto Fuels, 614 N. Main St. in De Soto. He let the computer pick the winning combination. The winning numbers were: 5, 28, 32, 34 and 53.
DeClue said a core group of seven have been playing since the Missouri Lottery started offering Lotto in 1987. They switched to Powerball later, when the jackpots started getting larger.
DeClue plans to use his prize money to pay off bills. He said some of the others are planning to take longer vacations and "one guy is buying his wife a new car."
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, 36 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.