2007-03-02 15:35:49.65

Group of Shopping Cart Makers Corral $200,000 Playing Powerball

Story Photo A group of co-workers at National Cart in St. Charles are sharing a $200,000 prize from the Feb. 21 Powerball drawing. The group consists of 11 co-workers, one co-worker’s son and one co-worker’s spouse. The winners are: John DeClue, 41, and wife, Barb DeClue, 38, both of Florissant; Peter Smith, 46, of Florissant; James Hanson, 24, of O’Fallon; Michael Reiss, 21, of Portage Des Sioux; Greg Behrman, 48, of St. Charles; Sharon Coffey, 61, of St. Charles; Fred Little, 42, of St. Charles; Janice Ausby, 44, of St. Louis (63121); Vickie Meyer, 42, of St. Louis (63136); David Short, 39, of St. Louis (63137); Sheila Young, 35, of St. Louis (63136); and Patrick Vallie, 38, of St. Peters.
Barb DeClue said each member contributes $5 a week to the pool, and they have been playing as a group for the past year. On Feb. 20, her husband, John, purchased the winning ticket for the group at Citgo Howdershell, 420 Howdershell Road in Florissant. He let the computer pick the winning numbers, which were 2, 8, 22, 29 and 37.
"They take turns buying tickets, but John has been buying them lately, and he bought this one," said Barb DeClue, who is a cook at Friendship Village in Sunset Hills.
The DeClue family plans to use their prize money to take a trip to Walt Disney World.
"Everybody’s ready for vacations," said Barb DeClue. "One person is going to Mexico."

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