August 14, 2002
16 SPRINGFIELD CO-WORKERS SHARE $100,000 PRIZE
A group of 16 co-workers for Elite Logistics in Springfield are sharing a $100,000 Powerball prize after matching all five white-ball numbers drawn on Aug. 3. Each of the winners will receive approximately $6,250 before taxes. They are: William "Bill" Rutledge of Nixa; Matthew Longwith of Fordland; Michael McVay of Walnut Grove; Johnny Massoni of Buffalo; Kyle Farmer of Fair Grove; Steve Patten of Elkland; Robert Testerman of Willard; Joseph Buffington of Mt. Vernon; and Arvil Johnson, Lynn Felton, Lance Williams, Nelida Mercado, Christopher Langley, James Whayne Jr., James Burns, Luis Yanez, all of Springfield.
Bill Rutledge purchased the winning ticket for the group at Bob’s E-Z Stop, 1202 N. Main in Nixa. He let the computer select the winning numbers. They are: 13, 19, 24, 33 and 34. Each of the group’s members contributed $5 toward the total Powerball purchase.
Rutledge, who just joined the group last month, said he plans to use his share to help pay for some of his son’s college expenses.
To date, 599 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.