A lucky group of nine co-workers awoke Thursday morning a little richer. The Nordyne employees pool their money to purchase Powerball tickets every week. One of their tickets matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number on the Wednesday, Aug. 4, Powerball drawing to win $10,000. Each member of the group received $1,111.11. The winning numbers were 19, 28, 30, 37 and 53, and the Powerball number was 4.
They call their lottery group “The Wishful Thinkers,” wishing to win the big jackpot someday. Members of “The Wishful Thinkers” are: Terry Campbell, Kathy Case, Mike Sprick and Sharon Kendrick, all of California; Glenda Roland and Dorothy Maddex, both of Bunceton; Judy Finch, Denise Ogalsbee and Pam Rumans, all of Tipton.
“I’ve been playing Powerball since the very beginning,” commented Pam Rumans, leader of "The Wishful Thinkers." “I started the lottery group because I figure there is safety in numbers.”
Rumans discovered the group’s win early on Thursday morning.
“I was up at 3 a.m. getting ready for work and decided to check the recording of the Powerball draw from last night,” said Rumans. “I thought, ‘Oh my, we matched five numbers.’ I didn’t believe it at first, so I drove to the store to check the numbers just to be sure.” Rumans purchased the winning ticket for the group at Break Time, 600 5 Highway, in Tipton.
After confirming the numbers and picking up nine Missouri Lottery claim forms at Break Time, Rumans drove to work to tell the other members of “The Wishful Thinkers” about their win.
Dorothy Maddex got the news in the parking lot, and she “started bouncing up and down and squealing.” Rumans explained that Maddex doesn’t usually squeal very often.
“I actually had a dream last night that we won the lottery,” confided Kathy Case.
“She better get back to sleep and dream bigger,” added Denise Ogalsbee. “We want to win the big jackpot and become millionaires.”
The group said they haven’t had time to think about what to do with their money. Sharon Kendrick stated the only plan so far is to “toss back a few cold ones” to celebrate their good fortune.
Powerball is a multi-state game that gives players nine ways to win cash prizes with the jackpot starting at $20 million. In addition to the jackpot, the game offers second-level prizes of $200,000, third-level prizes of $10,000 and better-than-ever payouts by using Power Play.