2002-12-18 15:39:04.0


A group of 30 Boeing employees are sharing more than good cheer this holiday season after their group ticket matched all five white-ball Powerball numbers drawn on Nov. 27 to win $100,000.   The winners, who will each receive approximately $3,333 before taxes, are:  Mary Wick, Patricia Koenig, Patti Lindsay, William Morgan and Monica Morris, all of Florissant; Randall Teague (63123*), Kathleen Hagedorn (63129*), Gloria Martin (63138*), Vernon Gaal (63138*) and Neil Hoffner (63146*), all of St. Louis; Richard Vernon, Robert Hovanec, Bonnie Craigo, Max Galaway and Denise Rickman, all of St. Charles; Thomas Bohning, Wayne Straub and Robert Thibodeau of St. Peters; Richard Blais of O’Fallon; Rosemary Wick of Hazelwood; Danny Wells of Herculaneum; Mildred Miller of Jennings; Lisa Dolan of Washington; Thomas Blair of Winfield; John Heyn and Edil Ruiz, both of Fairview Heights, Ill.; Raymond Ax of Collinsville, Ill.; Brian Carrillo of Glen Carbon, Ill.; Michael Dupras of Highland, Ill.; and James Rhoades of Maryville, Ill.

Mary Wick, 38, of Florissant purchased the winning ticket for the group at QuikTrip, 5950 Howdershell in Hazelwood.  Wick used Quick Pick to select the winning numbers.   The five winning white-ball numbers the group matched to win $100,000 were:  1, 20, 25, 40 and 53.  Wick said the members, who have been playing together for about nine weeks, each paid $10 for five weeks worth of drawings. 

Wick said she found out about the group’s win the Friday after Thanksgiving, when she was at home checking tickets.  She tried to reach some of the members at home during the holiday weekend, but since she couldn’t reach many of them, she left notes on their keyboards at work.  On Monday, Dec. 2, the office was buzzing with excitement.

"I have all their phone numbers now," Wick mused.  "It’s been a lot of fun."

Wick says she plans to use her share of the prize to buy a car in the next year, visit family in Oklahoma for Christmas and splurge on Christmas presents for her 4-year-old daughter.  She and her husband, Edward, also plan to use some winnings to help pay some bills from a recent cruise they went on and some siding they put on their home.

The next Powerball jackpot drawing will be held at 9:59 p.m. central time tonight, and it is estimated at $160 million - the fourth highest jackpot ever offered. 

To date, 627 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.

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