A group of 10 co-workers from Pittsburgh Pipe, 107 Humbolt St. in St. Louis, are $200,000 richer after matching five white-ball numbers in the Nov. 21 Powerball drawing. Carolyn Libell of Florissant, leader of the group, said this is their first big win.
“We’ve been playing as a group for four to five years. The most we’ve ever won so far was $100,” stated Libell.
Libell did not look at the group’s tickets until after being bugged by a co-worker to check the numbers. When she finally had a moment to look at their tickets, she was shocked.
“I looked at the first number, and I said, ‘I have that one;’ and I saw the second number and I thought, ‘I have that one, too,’ and the rest matched,” said Libell.
Libell said her co-workers will split the prize equally, giving each member $20,000 before taxes. She said the win happened so suddenly that no one has made any plans for their prize money.
“I think we’ll all have a better Christmas,” explained Libell.
The winners are: Carolyn Libell of Florissant; William Carey of Imperial; Jarold Brookshire II of Chesterfield; Kenneth Waggoner of Godfrey, Ill.; Wende Winchester of Bethalto, Ill.; Kevin Coan of St. Louis; Kevin Davidson of Fenton; Patricia Pent of Redbud, Ill.; and Robert Naumann and Debra Militeer, both of St. Charles.
Powerball is a multi-state game that gives players nine ways to win cash prizes with the jackpot starting at $20 million.