October 23, 2009
Jefferson City Group Splits $30,000 Powerball Prize
A group of seven factory workers from Jefferson City have claimed a $30,000 Powerball prize. The co-workers have been playing Powerball together for more than one year. Theresa Richardson acts as the Lottery captain and collects $20 a month from each member to purchase multi-draw Quick Pick tickets for the group.
"Every month I go yell at them, and they throw the money at me," teased Richardson. "Then I go get the ticket."
They matched four-white ball numbers and the Powerball in the Oct. 10 drawing, and by adding the Power Play option, the group multiplied the $10,000 prize into $30,000. Each member collected an even share of the prize, which amounted to a little more than $4,000 after taxes. Several group members noted that they were one number away from retirement. The winning numbers were: 12, 32, 45, 49 and the Powerball was 30. If they had matched the final white-ball number of 50, the group would have won the $25 million jackpot.
Group members include: Deborah Tuttle of Clarksburg; Glenn Bonner, David Freeman and Dave Nelson, all of Jefferson City; Theresa Richardson and Bruce Sestak, both of Russellville; and Mary Hersh of Steedman.
Plans for the money varied for each member of the group, but included paying bills, enjoying a weekend getaway and sharing the money with family.
"Christmas is coming," added Richardson.
One thing is certain, however. The group will continue to play Powerball together.
is a multi-state Numbers game with jackpots that start at $20 million. For an extra $1 at the time of purchase, players can add the Power Play option to multiply prizes other than the jackpot by the Power Play number.