The Missouri Lottery sends congratulations out to “The Loose Wires,” a group of Rural Electric Cooperative workers in the Branson area. Comprised of office staff, physical workers and management, the team was chosen as the Lottery’s February Team of the Month. As such, the Powerball fans will receive a prize package of Lottery merchandise and will also be featured at Molottery.com.
Despite their clever name, “The Loose Wires” have their act together when it comes to organizing a Lottery team. Each week, team captain Brian Rankin energizes the 26 team members to coordinate the purchase of $260 worth of Powerball tickets at the local Quik Mart – and that’s just during a regular week.
“Even more people get into it when the jackpot is over $50 million,” Rankin said.
“Regular” teammates include: Susan Hodges of Bradleyville; Dave Barkley, Diana Bradford, Lynne Campbell, Brian Coleman, Jeff Pardeck and Rod Romine, all of Branson; Bobby Aldridge, Cami Goodall and Kathrene Rudd, all of Forsyth; Wanda Britain, Brian Rankin and Louise Wilkinson, all of Hollister; Bobbi Berg, Myrtle Booth, John Bruns, Chris Hamon, Erin Huff, Myra Mueller and Connie Plummer, all of Kirbyville; Doug Hunter and Tami Simpson of Protem; Glenda Crafton of Ridgedale; Dan Phipps of Rogersville; Amy Rosier of Sparta; and Brandi Sonnenfelt of Taneyville.
Captain Rankin said it’s the thought of retiring early that keeps the group playing week after week.
“Most of us would help out our children and grandchildren, then travel,” he said about dreams of hitting a large jackpot prize.
In fact, Rankin offers up an idea for helping to make that dream come true.
“Our advice to other teams is to quit playing so we can win,” he teased.
Each month, the Missouri Lottery recognizes a players group as part of the Lottery Captains promotion. Tell us about your team on the Lottery Captains Page at Molottery.com. To learn more about Powerball, visit the Lottery’s Powerball page.