LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It is the feel good story of the day, and WHAS11 News broke it first on our noon news: A group of working class folks in Bardstown, Kentucky strike it rich with a winning lottery ticket.
Twenty-two workers from the Nukote plant have been buying Powerball tickets for years -- this time, though, it paid off.
The first winning Powerball ticket in Kentucky since 2003 was cashed in about 4 hours ago by a group of people who work for Nukote, a company in nelson County that makes things like ink jets and paper.
Today it was a piece of paper that made each one of them a millionaire.
Jane Shelver rode all the way from Bardstown with the ticket worth $61 million nestled deep in her purse.
Now nicknamed the Nukote 22, Jane and her coworkers arrived at Kentucky lottery headquarters around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. But the excitement began early this morning when Connie Mattingly compared numbers.
“I said, ‘Connie, this is it,’” Jane said. “Then she hangs up on me.”
The office pool, made up of 20 women and two men, played a dollar a week for 12 years. They will now split $61,500,000.
The group has 60 days to decide individually whether they will take a one-time cash payout or a larger amount spread out over 20 years.
The group let the machine pick the numbers that ended up winning for them. If they take the cash payout, it comes to a little over $800,000 after taxes. If it's taken over 20 years, it comes to about $3 million.