2009-10-23 08:13:01.487

Jefferson City Group Splits $30,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo audio icon 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. 

Powerball 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.

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