A group of St. Louis area social services workers has been named the Missouri Lottery’s March Team of the Month, as part of the Lottery’s ongoing Captains Club promotion. The team goes by the name “R2R,” a nod to their collective dream that they be “Ready to Retire,” including a desire to share the wealth of a Lottery jackpot with programs in their field that are currently underfunded.
The “R2R” team consists of Urban League staffers who work with at-risk youth in St. Louis County, helping individuals with resume-writing skills, goal setting, study skills, employment opportunities and plans for post-secondary education.
The team consists of 11 members: Kofi Ansa, Carmen Clark, Tremayne Coleman, Darryl Colvin, Calvin Nelson, Herta Shikapwashya, Joann Smith, Lisa Smith, Brad Tillis and Monique Williams-Moore, all of St. Louis; and Everett Stuckey of Fairview Heights, Ill.
Led by Williams-Moore, who serves as the group’s Lottery coordinator, members put in $4 each week, playing one night of Powerball and two nights of Mega Millions. Any winnings are rolled into future play.
“I wait until we get exactly $44, so that we can get a free week,” she said.
Williams-Moore also explained that each team member “sponsors” a quick lunch at the office once each week. This allows everyone to easily save the $4 they would have spent on lunches anyway to go toward their Lottery purchase.
She noted many reasons that the team continues to play each week in search of a Lottery payoff. Reasons run the gamut from nervousness about the future of the economy and job security, to supporting social service programs near to their hearts, to dreams of traveling the world.
With a laugh, Williams-Moore noted that she buys the team’s tickets at a wide variety of locations, hoping it “plays a role in us being really lucky at some point.
“You have to play in order to win, and it’s about consistency,” she added. “But you have to be realistic about the odds of winning, and play within your means.”
As the Lottery’s Team of the Month, the “R2R” team, will receive a prize package of Lottery merchandise, as well as a feature on the Lottery’s website. To tell us