2007-05-01 11:39:31.327

Charitable Co-Workers Named Lottery Team of the Month

Congratulations to the "The Power Players" of Lee’s Summit! The group was recognized as the Lottery Team of the Month for May as part of the Missouri Lottery’s 2007 Lottery Captains promotion. The promotion awards a Lottery players group with prizes and a feature at Molottery.com each month during the calendar year.
"The Power Players" are a group of 12 co-workers who play Powerball and Lotto together.
The members are: Shirley Hanson (team captain), Harrisonville; Peggy Keithly, Glenda Eastwood, Cheryl Sherwood and Sandra Schlobohm, all of Independence; Ginger Keastner, Greenwood; Linda Price, Kingsville; Marsha Cox and Elizabeth Carleton, both of Lee?s Summit; Alessandra Cress, Grandview; Linda Danforth, Holden; and Debbie Sims, Pleasant Hill.
The members of the "The Power Players" started playing together about five years ago. They each team put in $4 per week and play Powerball and Lotto for both weekly drawings. They play five sets of numbers that Hanson chose and use Quick Pick to let the computer choose their remaining combinations.
Last year the team decided to put their small prizes toward a good cause, and they saved all of their small prizes throughout the year.
"At the end of the year we took the money and purchased gifts for the children on the Salvation Army Angel Tree," Hanson said. "When we win the jackpot, we will split the money, from which we will each donate a portion to our own favorite charity."
Hanson said that the team members will know it if they ever win a big prize. The group’s department meets each morning. Hanson told the team members if they win a jackpot, she will ask to see each of them at her desk after the meeting.
"The Power Players" keep playing each week because they like to dream about "making life more comfortable" for themselves, their families and their co-workers. Hanson said they also play for the kids on the Salvation Army Angel Tree and for education.
"We know if we win something small, it’s like a savings for the kids at Christmas," Hanson said. "We are also aware that the money goes to the schools."
After coordinating her team for a few years, Hanson has learned what it takes to have a good Lottery team. She had some advice for other Lottery team captains.
"Don’t give up," Hanson said. "And, if you have certain numbers, play them all the time. The minute you don’t, they’ll come up. Just keep at it."
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