2008-09-05 15:17:35.35

St. Louis Co-Workers Named September Lottery Team of the Month

Story Photo Congratulations to the "Titans of Turec" of St. Louis!  The group was recognized as the Lottery Team of the Month for September as part of the Missouri Lottery’s 2008 Lottery Captains promotion.  The promotion awards a Lottery group with prizes and a feature at Molottery.com each month during the calendar year.

The "Titans of Turec" is a group of eight co-workers from Turec Advertising in St. Louis who have played Powerball together for almost a year.  The members are:  Cindy Mendolia (team captain), Renee Maier and Beverly Polley, all of O’Fallon; Ben Turec and Tony Diguida, both of Chesterfield; Tracie Sanderlin, Concord Village; Sharon Huber, Mehlville; and Mary Schellerup, St. Peters.

The group plays Powerball for each drawing.  Each member contributes $1 per drawing, and Mendolia collects the money in advance for the entire month.  They usually use Quick Pick to let the computer select their numbers, but they have selected their own numbers in the past.  Mendolia and another team member purchased the team’s tickets at various retail locations.

So far, the team has not won a large prize.  They won their largest prize - $70 - during the Power Play 10X promotion in April.  The promotion gave players a chance to multiply their prizes by 10 times, instead of the normal two to fives times using the Power Play feature.

The “Titans of Turec” read about another Lottery team that saved their prize money to use it for a Scratchers party.  The “titans” decided to do the same thing.  They save their prize money until they have $100.  They use the money to buy Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets and have lunch while they scratch the tickets and watch “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

The team keeps playing each week because of “eternal optimism.”  They all plan to take a tropical vacation together if they win a jackpot one day.

Mendolia has learned a few things as the team captain of the “Titans of Turec,” and she has some advice for other team captains.

“Listen to your team captain when she tells you to be optimistic,” Mendolia said.  “Keep hope alive.”

Tell us about YOUR players group!  Visit the 2008 Lottery Captains Promotion page at Molottery.com for details.

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