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April 30, 2010

Office 'Odd Balls' Named Lottery Team of the Month

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 The Missouri Lottery sends congratulations to “The Odd Balls,” a group of Lottery playing friends who work in public service for St. Louis County.  The team of caseworkers and secretaries has been named the Missouri Lottery’s May Team of the Month, earning a prize package of Lottery merchandise and a feature at Molottery.com. 

Team members include:  Nadia Brooks, Frances Ferguson, Rechell Hatley, Twyla Shaw, Sue White and Renee Wren, all of St. Louis.  According to Shaw, who serves as the team’s captain, the group calls itself “The Odd Balls” because they like to come up with various “strategies” for winning.

“Our latest strategy is to play almost all the Lottery games for every draw of the week – Show Me Cash, Mega Millions, Lotto and Powerball,” she explained.  “We give $4 each per week for that, and we also give $5 once a month to play Scratchers.  Most people say we should focus on one Lottery game, but I say, ‘Let’s play it all!’”

Shaw said she also works to make sure her team stays motivated to play each week.

“I stay current with the stories on the Missouri Lottery Web site that list the winners and go back and tell the other team members about them,” she said.  “We think it’s exciting to hear about all the winners, and it makes the outlook more promising that we can have a story of our own someday.”

She said winning small prizes has also encouraged the group to continue playing together.  Their winnings of $50 and under are used to purchase more Lottery tickets, and any prize that is more than $50 is discussed by the team to decide whether it’s rolled into more tickets or shared between team members.

According to Shaw, “The Odd Balls” have “all dreamt and talked about what we would do if we win (a big jackpot prize).”  Paying off debt, taking vacations, helping family and friends and giving to others in need all ranked high among the team members.

The Missouri Lottery recognizes a players’ group each month as part of the Lottery Captains promotion.  To tell us about your team, visit the Lottery Captains Page at Molottery.com.

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