2001-10-12 08:59:27.893


A group of five co-workers and one retiree for the Veterans of Foreign War in Kansas City are sharing a $100,000 Powerball prize after matching all five white-ball numbers in the Oct. 6 drawing. They will each receive approximately $16,666 before taxes. The winners are: Teresa McGinnis, Sharon Smith and Dolores Curtis, all of Independence; Cindy Dusenbery and Stacey Winning, both of Kansas City; and Sharon Bowden of Shawnee, Kan. "It couldn’t have come at a better time for all of us," said McGinnis, who spoke on behalf of the group when they claimed their prize Tuesday morning. McGinnis said she and her husband plan to use their share to pay off a motorcycle they recently bought, along with paying off some bills. Three of the women plan to use the money to help pay their husbands’ recent hospital and medical expenses. One woman, Stacey Winning, plans to pay off a car she recently bought. She and her husband are also expecting a baby and say the money will come in handy for those expenses. McGinnis said the group has been playing the Lottery together for the past six years. They each contribute $4 each week. McGinnis said back when they started, they each picked a combination of numbers, and they have been playing the same six sets of numbers ever since. She said no one could remember who originally picked the winning combination of numbers from Saturday’s drawing. The winning numbers were: 1, 5, 9, 21 and 31. McGinnis purchased the group’s winning ticket at Hy-Vee Food and Drug, 1525 E. 23rd St. in Independence. To date, 566 Powerball tickets worth $100,000 have been sold in Missouri since the game began in April 1992.

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