The Missouri Lottery sends congratulations to “The O-Maxers,” a group of Lottery playing co-workers with dreams of hitting the beaches of Hawaii after a big Powerball win. Named the Missouri Lottery’s June Team of the Month, the Office Max employees have earned a prize package of Lottery merchandise and a feature at Molottery.com.
Team members include: Stacy Benoit of Union Star and Jenny Burnett, Justin Howery, Jeff Phipps (team captain), and Marcia Weston, all of St. Joseph.
The group formed when Phipps started working at the store in October 2009 and “asked everyone if they wanted to chip in $5 to play the Powerball.”
According to Phipps, the group generally uses Quick Pick to have their numbers randomly generated. Every once in a while, though, he says they like to play “one set of numbers that I had a dream about a long time ago.”
The group now plays Powerball twice a week.
“We play mostly Powerball,” he said. “But when we win a few extra dollars, I put us in the Show Me Cash, Pick 4 and Pick 3.”
As team captain, Phipps is in charge of buying the group’s tickets, which he usually gets at Speedy’s or Break Time in St. Joseph, as well as making copies of the tickets for each team member.
“Hawaii is the first thing we are going to do,” he said of the group’s plans for any post-jackpot win. “After that, we haven’t decided. We will talk about that on the beach!
You never know what will happen in life,” he added, summing up the team’s philosophy to “just keep trying.”
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.