2012-03-26 11:18:37.637

Co-Workers Split $250,000 Mega Millions Prize

Story Photo audio icon A group of 20 employees at Jerry Bickel Race Cars in Moscow Mills split a $250,000 Mega Millions prize from the drawing on March 20. Before taxes, each winner received $12,500. Group representative, Tim Bobeen, explained that when jackpots get to be around $200 million, he “collects $5 per person.” 

“Whoever wants to get in, gets in,” Bobeen said, noting that after the group’s win, the pool of players went from 20 to 30 individuals.

Bobeen was at work when he checked his Quick Pick Mega Millions tickets, which he had kept in his toolbox. A co-worker told him that there were two tickets sold in Missouri worth $250,000, to which Bobeen replied, “Well, here it is right here!”

“It just happened to be that I had that ticket on top when he said it,” Bobeen recalled, noting that the news “went through the shop pretty quick.”

The group’s plans for their portions of the windfall include:  investing, taking vacations, purchasing lawn mowers and paying bills.

Fellow employee and winner, Michael Baker, concluded that the group hopes to be back at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City claiming “the big one.” 

“We’d like to have the millions, but we’re pretty happy with what we got,” said Baker.

As for the climbing Mega Millions jackpot, which currently sits at $356 million, Baker had this to say:

“We wish everybody the best of luck!”

The winning numbers from the Mega Millions drawing on March 20 drawing were:  1, 4, 6, 11 and 14. The group bought their winning ticket at Parkside Mini-Mart, 942 E. Highway 47, in Troy.

Winners included:  Roger Helmig of Beaufort; Donald Cross of Brentwood; Dale Kasa of Elsberry; Keith Lowery of Foley; Michael Baker of Hawk Point; Daniel Campbell of Hillsboro; Casey Logue of O’Fallon; Steven Wuest of Overland; Steven Klosterhoff of St. Ann; Rocky Hinsperger of St. Charles; Curtis Cox, Benjamin Davis, Michael Keithley, James McCloud, Julia Meek, Michael Meyer and Jason Winderlin, all of Troy; and Tim Bobeen, Kyle Jameson and Michael Johnson, all of Winfield.
Mega Millions is a multi-lottery game that features jackpots starting at $12 million. Drawings are held on Tuesday and Friday nights at 10 p.m. To date, the highest Mega Millions jackpot prize claimed is $390 million – a prize split by two ticketholders in Georgia and New Jersey.

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