Four Boeing sheet metal workers are flying high following news that their twice-weekly Powerball purchase had paid off to the tune of $200,000. While James Winston of Florissant, Danny Childress of Brighton, Ill., and Flint Lloyd and Doristine Jeffress, both of St. Louis, normally spend their time building F-15s, they were happy to journey to the Lottery’s St. Louis office on April 13 to claim their cash prize.
Speaking for the group, Jeffress said the co-workers have been buying Powerball tickets together for about five years, playing every Wednesday and Saturday night drawing.
“We make a copy of the ticket for everybody,” she said. “Then Flint and Danny check them.”
It was while perusing the St. Louis Post Dispatch that (Flint) Lloyd realized the group held a winning ticket.
“Flint called me at 6:30 in the morning and told me we had five numbers, and the words that came out of my mouth I don’t think are fit to print,” teased Jeffress. “I told him to double-check, double-check and double-check again!"
The group has a variety of plans for their individual portions of the prize money.
“Oh, different things – we’ve got big plans,” Jeffress said. “I’m getting my kitchen remodeled, Danny says he’s going to Alaska on vacation, Flint’s paying off credit cards and Winston says, ‘I’m going to Disney World,’” she said, laughing as her friend stood nearby imitating the annual post-Super Bowl quote.
“This is really exciting. [There is] nothing like a winner!” she added.
So, will the foursome continue to play Powerball?
“Yeah, we’ll keep playing,” Jeffress said. “They’re playing already!”
The group’s winning ticket was purchased at QuikTrip, 10845 Lilac Drive, in St. Louis. It was the 165th time a Powerball ticket sold in Missouri has led to a $200,000 prize. Jeffress said the group always allows Quick Pick to determine their set of numbers for them.
Powerball is a multi-state game with jackpots starting at $20 million. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m.