A group of co-workers in the O’Fallon area has been named the Missouri Lottery’s September Team of the Month, as part of the Lottery’s Captains Club promotion. The group, who dubbed themselves “The Drug Package Inc. Team” after their workplace, plays the Lottery’s Pick 3, Pick 4 and Show Me Cash games daily.
The team members work together at Drug Package Incorporated, a printing company in O’Fallon. Team members include: Della Coats and Ron Groezinger, both of O’Fallon; Jeremy Faudi of Moscow Mills; Kim Faudi of Winfield; Steve Hemminghaus of Wright City; Villy Patega of St. Louis; Dale Stevens of St. Charles; and Don Tille and Tom Toeniskoetter, both of St. Peters.
“We started out by playing whenever jackpots were large,” explained Faudi, who serves as the team’s captain. “That didn’t last long, and before you know it, we were playing Pick 3, then Pick 4, and then our Lottery team was established in 2005.”
Faudi said they also try their luck at Lotto twice a week, and when it’s all said and done, each person pays a total of $2.60 a week to play all the games.
“We choose our Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers randomly out of a paper bag,” she added. “We usually play them for several months before changing numbers. There’s that fear of, ‘What if we change them and they finally come in?’”
So far, “The Drug Package Inc. Team” has been “lucky enough to have won a few times.”
According to Faudi, they won “a little over $12,000 in December 2005, and we won another $6,000 in December 2009.”
She said smaller winnings are held in the “kitty” until they have enough to play a week for free.
“Hopefully one day, we can hire a limo and have it sitting in the parking lot at work to take us all to ‘Luckytown’ to cash in the ‘Big One,’” she teased.
The Missouri Lottery recognizes a players’ group each month as part of the Lottery Captains Club promotion. To tell us about your team, or learn more about Pick 3, Pick 4, Show Me Cash or other Lottery games, visit Molottery.com.