2001-05-25 09:17:05.43


Four employees of the Terra Nitrogen fertilizer company in Blytheville, Ark., are watching their financial lives grow after winning a $100,000 Powerball prize in the May 16 Powerball drawing. The winners are: Simon Langston Jr., 44, of Osceola, Ark.; Curtis "Ray" Nichols, 50, of Cooter; and Richard "Wesley" Maupin, 48, and Roger Swanson, 33, both of Blytheville, Ark. The group has been pooling their money - $10 each per week - to play the Missouri Lottery for the past few months. Simon Langston purchased the winning ticket at D & N Raceway in Steele. He let the computer pick the group’s winning numbers, which were: 12, 13, 20, 28 and 44. Langston, who is also a professional wrestler known as "Atomic Dog," said he plans to invest his share of the prize winnings. Wesley Maupin plans to use his share for retirement, Roger Swanson plans to make some repairs on his home, and Ray Nichols said he would like to visit a casino with some of his prize money. To date, 529 tickets worth $100,000 have been sold in Missouri since Powerball began nine years ago.

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