First they won $10,000 playing Powerball, and now a team of St. Louis area co-workers has been named the Missouri Lottery’s February Team of the Month as part of the Lottery’s ongoing Captains Club promotion. The group, which cites the allure of “permanent vacations” as a reason for playing each week, pools their resources together to play Powerball twice each week.
The 18 members of the “Star Players” team are main office workers of an industrial cooking equipment manufacturer in St. Louis. They include: Bob Behnke and Judy Perrin, both of Imperial; Sheila Birk of St. Peters; Bill Booth of Florissant; Gene Cowgur and Tonya Walker, both of Maryland Heights; Tim Cron of Collinsville, Ill.; Darrell Eschmann of Waterloo, Ill.; Paul Farrell of Dardenne Prairie; John Hilmes and Stacey Smallwood, both of Ballwin; Rebecca Kayser and Roger Smith, both of St. Charles; Bob Lee of Mehlville; Judy Marlo of Eureka; Ron McCampbell of Woodson Terrace; and Craig Nunnally of O’Fallon.
“We formed in 2008 in hopes to have an exit plan for the future,” teased Rebecca Kayser, who serves as team captain for their Lottery group.
Kayser said the group allows Powerball’s Quick Pick option to randomly select their numbers for them, and they reinvest their winnings into more tickets.
As for others considering forming a Lottery team, she had some simple advice.
“Have fun with it, and don’t get too serious!”
As the Lottery’s Team of the Month, the “Star Players” will receive a prize package of Lottery merchandise, as well as a feature at Molottery.com. To tell us about your team, or learn more about any Missouri Lottery games, visit Molottery.com.