2003-01-03 09:03:57.0


A group of 66 employees at Mailings Clearinghouse (MCH) in Sweet Springs received a Christmas bonus after playing Powerball as a group for the Christmas day drawing.   Janet Luetjen, 38, of Concordia said it was the third time she purchased tickets for the group during the past jackpot run.  Each of the 66 members contributed $1 for the record Christmas day drawing, and each of the 66 employees will share $100,000 equally, resulting in winnings of approximately $1,515 each before taxes. 

The 66 winners are:  Barbara Clevenger, Edna Colson, Mildred Dohrman, Diana Dunkle, Nancy Eckhoff, Janet Eichholz, Sandra Evans, Tiffany Fleming, Brenda Frakes, Kimberly Harrington, Kandy Hayworth, Angela Hedgpeth, Stacy Hedgpeth, Kenneth Hughson, Shelby Hughson, Anne Jacobs, Marsha Klussman, Sheree Krause, Judy Larimore, Jennifer March, Yvonne Menning, Kathy Navarro, Kim Nelson, Elnora Overby-Crider, Stacy Rennison, Jeffrey Schnakenberg, Janet Scott, Carlene Sinclair, Willa Vaught, Brenda Viets, Nancy Wetton and Eileen Winfrey, all of Sweet Springs; Brenda Brackman, Brooke Brackman, Daniel Frerking, Glenda Fuchs, Trisha Hemme, Denise Hopper, Patricia Link, Janet Luetjen, Christina Powers, Tammy Schlueter, Kathleen Schuknecht, Marlys Seibert, Judy Small and Margaret Wulser, all of Concordia; Bretta Meyer, Joshua Pautz, Mary Plexico, Gina Pointdexter, Sarah Pointdexter, Raubyn Pointer and Lola Smith, all of Marshall; Angie Coen, Shawn Horman and Linda Wells, all of Sedalia; Melissa Heath and James Jones, both of Emma; Gail Horman of Alma; Angela Frazier of Corder; Paul Curtis of Higginsville; Sheila Kreisel of Houstonia; John Hood of Lee’s Summit; Connie Boland of Odessa; William Hughes of Adel, Iowa; and Mary English of Prairie Village, Kan.

Luetjen, who handles the company’s billings, organized the group’s purchases and bought the tickets at Break Time, 104 Main in Concordia.   She let the computer select the numbers on the winning play.  Those numbers were:  5, 14, 16, 29 and 53.

Luetjen said she didn’t check the group’s tickets until a couple of days after the drawing, when her mother called to say she heard a $100,000 ticket had been sold at the Break Time in Concordia.

Luetjen said a couple of the winners were planning to use their prize money to pay for a cruise this summer with the Sweet Springs High School band.   Others were planning to use their winnings to pay for Christmas expenses, and some college students, who had just gotten in on the pool for that drawing, said they were using their prize money to pay down loans on their cars.

"Everyone we told just didn’t believe it," said Ken Hughson, chief financial officer for MCH.  "We’ll probably play again when the jackpot gets to $100 million."

To date, 636 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.

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