A group of Jefferson County employees has been selected as the Missouri Lottery’s December Team of the Month, as part of the Lottery’s ongoing Captains Club promotion. Made up of a dozen workers ranging in age from 22 to 71, the “Jefferson County Election Deevahs” have been playing the Lottery together for about two years.
The “Deevahs” work in voter registration for the county and include: Peggy Bingham, Trish Bourbon, Jeannie Goff, Michelle Hickman and Tracy Johnson, all of De Soto; Sherri Detter, Kim Henson, Christine Hunter, Barb Kentch and Paige Laiben, all of Festus; and Billie Kind and Amy O’Toole, both of Hillsboro.
According to Johnson, who serves as the team’s captain and coordinator, it all began when co-workers teased her about her winnings on various Lottery games. Most impressive to the group was the $7,000 she won on a couple of Pick 4 tickets in October of 2009.
“They had been like, ‘Oh, my God, you won again,’” she said with a laugh, concluding that the win was enough to convince her co-workers to join forces and start buying tickets as a team.
Each week, Johnson collects $3 per person to buy Powerball, Show Me Cash and Lotto Quick Pick tickets for the group, making a copy of each ticket for every team member. The small winnings they have earned have gone into their “Lottery kitty.”
“We put it in the kitty to have money for Christmas decorations, coffee, to have money if someone passes away or when people retire,” she explained.
To date, the highest payout has been a $250 Show Me Cash win, and Johnson said she looks forward to playing each week.
“We’re just a fun office, and we just enjoy it. We do a lot of things, and this is one of the things we like to do together,” she said, suggesting to anyone who might be thinking about forming a team that it “sure keeps the day interesting.”
She said if the group hits a big jackpot, some team members have said they would retire, and some have said they would keep working.
“Most of us would probably keep working, but we’d be very lax at it,” she teased.
As the Lottery’s Team of the Month, the “Jefferson County Election Deevahs” will receive a prize package of Missouri Lottery merchandise, as well as a feature on the Lottery’s official website at Molottery.com.