A group of Kansas City area men, who met and started playing Powerball together through their work at the Kansas City Terminal Railroad, found themselves on the right track following the July 7 drawing. The group matched four out of five white-ball numbers, along with the Powerball number, to win a $10,000 cash prize.
Robert Oswald of Newton, Kan., Richard Hanson of Merriam, Kan., and Joe Oritz and Juan Ortiz, both of Independence, claimed their prize at the Lottery’s Kansas City regional office on July 9.
“As a group, we’ve been playing Powerball almost five-and-a-half years,” Oswald said, speaking on behalf of the group. “We were hoping we’d have better luck if we pooled our tickets together.”
Each man buys a single ticket for each drawing with the understanding that, if someone wins, the prize money is to be split amongst them. According to Oswald, this allows them to “spread around the places where we buy our tickets for better luck.”
The winning ticket was purchased at QuikTrip, 4024 S. Noland Road, in Independence.
Powerball players have nine ways to win in the multi-state game. With drawings held every Wednesday and Saturday night, the game features a jackpot prize that starts at $20 million and continues to grow until someone wins it.
Including Powerball sales, the Missouri Lottery generates nearly $1 billion a year in sales and contributes more than $200 million annually to Missouri public education programs such as the A+ Scholarship Program, Special Education Excess Costs and Vocational Technical Schools.