January 25, 2008
St. Louis Area Co-Workers Win $200,000 Powerball Prize
A group of 33 co-workers from General Motors in St. Louis scored big when one of their co-workers made a mistake and purchased a wrong set of numbers. That wrong set of numbers matched the five white-ball numbers drawn during the Jan. 9 Powerball drawing. The group co-workers will receive approximately $6,060 each prior to taxes being withheld.
Alice Barnes, St. Louis (63136)* said the group began playing together in April 2007. Each member of the group contributes $8 each month to buy tickets. Each member of the group was given the opportunity to select a set of numbers. Later when Barnes was filling out the playslips for the group’s numbers, she accidentally marked the number 21 instead of the intended number of 19.
"I was supposed to go back and change it, but I never got around to it," Barnes said. "So everybody thought that we matched four numbers instead of five.
"They were definitely surprised when I told them," Barnes said with a laugh. "I’m their hero now, but you know I would’ve been mud had the 19 come up instead."
In addition to Barnes, the lucky group of co-workers includes: Jerome Reinhardt, Augusta; Gary Rowe, East Alton, Ill.; James Hall Jr., Melvin Perry, William Thomas, LaQuisha George and Ida Britt, all of Florissant; Phillip Brock, Frankford; Achim Fisher, Kirkwood; Dale Zahner, Lake St. Louis; Sartin Keith, O’Fallon; Robert Twente and Jeffry McIlvoy, both of St. Charles; Teresa Crumbley (63136)*, Carolyn Munson (63137)*, David Stamps (63136)*, Roy Barnett (63130)*, Leroy McCoy (63130)*, James Standard (63112)* and Antonia Sangster (63138)*, all of St. Louis; Anthony Barlos, Terry Davis, Elliot Green, Albert Thomas, Carl Walker Jr., Matthew Jolly and Delbert Cochran, all of St. Peters; Mary Bahr, Ste. Genevieve; Ronald Vanderbos, Troy; Ralf Brinkmann, Warrenton; Sherry Washington, Wentzville; and Dennis Carey, Wildwood.
Barnes purchased the winning ticket at Schnucks Market, 74 Grandview Plaza Shopping Center in Florissant.
Barnes said many of the group members plan to use their share of the winnings to pay bills, buy big-screen televisions and furniture.
This ticket was the 84th second-level winning Powerball ticket since the game redesign on Aug. 28, 2005.