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Co-workers split lottery mini-jackpot

PowerballPowerball: Co-workers split lottery mini-jackpot

Usually, getting a phone call at 1 a.m. can only mean bad news.

But it was great news Sunday morning for a group of 20 laboratory employees at Medical Associates in Clinton, Iowa, who learned they will share a $667,142 prize in Saturday's Powerball drawing.

One of the group, Carol Fritz, said they have been pooling money and buying Powerball tickets for three years, winning small amounts here and there.

With Saturday's Powerball jackpot up to a record $365 million, the group decided to put in $2 each instead of $1. Beth Determan bought the group's 53 tickets at Lyons Filling Station in Clinton.

Co-worker Bobbi Fransen said Determan got a call from her brother late Saturday, telling her he had heard a winning ticket had been bought in Clinton and telling her to check her tickets.

One of the tickets had the five correct numbers of white balls to win the Match 5 Bonus Prize, missing only the Powerball number. The only winning ticket for the record $365 million jackpot was sold in Lincoln, Neb.

The news set off a series of early-morning calls. Fransen remembers when she got hers.

"It was 12:49, to be exact," she said Monday.

Fransen said she didn't get to the phone in time to pick it up, but heard Determan on her answering machine.

"It was Beth saying, 'we won!'" Fransen said.

The group initially thought they had won much less, but later learned the size of the jackpot had inflated their prize to the point where they will receive about $24,000 each, after taxes.

Fritz said the late hour and surprising news left her confused by the phone call.

"Some of us, like myself, were thinking, 'Was that for real, or did I just dream it?' " she said.

She will be convinced today when the group is presented with their check in a ceremony at 10 a.m. at the medical clinic.

Fritz said most of the lab workers plan to use the money to pay bills, and she hopes to add a new deck to her house.

Fransen plans to invest some of her money and possibly use some for a down payment on a new house. She said the money also will make a trip she already had planned to Las Vegas in June a little more enjoyable.

"Of course, there's going to be a few thousand to have some fun with," she said.

Margie Adams, who said she is a little older than most of the group, said she hopes to put her money toward a home where she can retire.

"It's enough to get us excited and pay some bills," she said.

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Posted: February 21, 2006, 8:32 am - IP Logged

I wonder if the two dollar investment bought the winning ticket, or it would have been the same with only one dollar.  Think they will invest three dollars in the Mega Millions?  $24K is a nice chunk to have in your account.  Go to bed, wake up $24K richer.  That is a real dream!

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    Posted: February 21, 2006, 9:55 am - IP Logged

    Just about $50.00 richer sounds good this a.m.  Let's see, I want breakfast:

    1. Quiche, doesn't matter about the ingredients
    2. Grits
    3. Broiled smoked sausage links, tow strips broiled thick sliced bacon
    4. Scrambled egg (yeah, I 'll have enough in the quiche, but I want a scrambled egg sitting on a trio of cold very red beefsteak tomato slices garnished with a sprig of celery leaf.
    5. Wheat toast
    6. My special cranberry tail smoothie....coconut, mango, grapes,.....uuummm

    May each of you be blessed with a most enjoyable and profitable day! Embarassed

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      Posted: February 21, 2006, 10:08 am - IP Logged

      $2 each, but only $53 worth of tickets bought? What happened to the extra dollar?

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        Posted: February 21, 2006, 7:40 pm - IP Logged

        it was a group of 20 employees. x $2 = 40 tickets or 20 tickets with powerplay. So the overage of the 13$'s purchased could have been from a previous win that they dump into the next drawing.

        25k is so so. Not keen on a 20 way split...so better that it was them .  Best to them.

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          Posted: February 21, 2006, 8:02 pm - IP Logged

          25k is so so. Not keen on a 20 way split...so better that it was them .  Best to them.

          I invested $50.00 dollars on 25 tickets with Powerplay. Had I been a member of the 20, it would have been a $2.00 investment and a $25K win.  Buying on my own, I get to keep the whole $12.00!!  Of course, the advantage is, there will be no fight on how I will spend it!

          Cheers

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            Posted: February 21, 2006, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

            it was a group of 20 employees. x $2 = 40 tickets or 20 tickets with powerplay. So the overage of the 13$'s purchased could have been from a previous win that they dump into the next drawing.

            25k is so so. Not keen on a 20 way split...so better that it was them .  Best to them.

            They did not choose PowerPlay on the winner. They won extra because the Match 5 Bonus rule took effect.

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              Posted: February 21, 2006, 11:12 pm - IP Logged

              Oh yeah!! Second place winner right in my town of residence!!

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                Posted: February 22, 2006, 12:38 am - IP Logged

                Personally I would not consider it great news splitting $600,000 20 ways. I would most likely get a headache.

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                  Posted: February 22, 2006, 9:51 am - IP Logged

                  Lurking... waiting for employee #21 to show up w/lawyer 'cause they forgot to pitch in this week.

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