2009-08-21 11:10:43.597

Co-Workers Split $200,003 Powerball Prize

Story Photo Thirty-eight co-workers had a very exciting start to their work week.  According to Tammy Morgan of St. Charles, she started a Powerball group at her office more than three years ago, but the group never won more than $100 until now.  Morgan and her co-workers all work at Nordyne in O’Fallon in various positions from customer service to engineering.

"I was in shock when I checked the numbers," revealed Morgan, who purchased the ticket at QuikTrip, 4646 Highway 94 S. in St. Charles.

Morgan said she informed the group about the win with an e-mail.

"Monday morning I went in, and I e-mailed everybody with the good news and bad news," she shared.  "Bad news we didn’t win the millions, but the good news is we won $200,003."

The group, which started with 10 co-workers, has grown to include "about 40 people," and it is sure to keep growing after the most recent win.

When asked about plans for the prize money, Morgan noted that some co-workers are planning vacations, while others are talking about home renovation projects.

"A couple people are going to be going on vacation next week, so they are going to be taking some extra cash that they weren’t going to take," she said.  "A couple people are buying appliances, because they are remodeling their house."

In terms of advice for fellow Powerball enthusiasts, Morgan says "don’t miss a week."

"It might be the week you hit," she noted.  "Good luck to everybody!"

The group consisted of:  John Steel of Arnold; Rexana Szramkowski of Ballwin; Jon Biesinger and Jessica Wilson, both of Chesterfield; Theresa Heine of Columbia; Tammy Harris of Dardenne Prairie; Robert Zeiser of Eureka; Thomas Huett, Donita Meyer and Sharon Schaefer, all of Fenton; Branko Skrobonja of Imperial; Keith Skipper of Jerseyville, Ill.; Robert Wickland of Manchester; Russell Hoeffken of Millstadt, Ill.; Christine Bath, Patricia Edmiston, William Link, Donna Rogles, Michelle Rohne, Bruce Smith and Diane White, all of O’Fallon; Barbara Buda, Bonnie Heichelbech, Adam Jenner, Tammy Morgan, Thomas Parrish and Sandra Patch, all of St. Charles; Frank Callico, Traci Kelley and Mary Schulte, all of St. Louis; Janet Brown, Darla Hebisen, Zandra Maier, Jennifer Sewell and Cheryl Smith, all of St. Peters; Theda Davis of Troy; Terry Ettien of Wellsville; and Stanley Ford of Woodson Terrace.

The crew used Quick Pick to select the winning numbers from the Aug. 1 Powerball drawing.  The winning numbers were:  5, 37, 39, 46 and 53.

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $20 million.  The group’s ticket was the 141st second-level winning Powerball ticket sold in Missouri.

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