February 25, 2013

“Blessed” co-workers split $1 million Powerball® prize

BlessedINDIANAPOLIS – The winners of the $1 million prize from Saturday night’s Powerball drawing wasted no time claiming their prize.  A group of five female co-workers at a local medical claims office were at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters bright and early this morning to claim their winnings. 

The lucky ladies presented Lottery officials with a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million and split the winnings five ways. Tracy Williams, Vivian Nickleson, Denyse Tyson, Michelle Smith and Yolanda Mohid each walked out with $200,000 before taxes.

Williams purchased the group’s winning ticket at Speedway at 8101 E. 21st Street.  If that address sounds familiar it is because it is the same retailer that recently sold a $9.5 million Hoosier Lotto ticket.  

The lucky ladies all hail from Indianapolis and opted to call their group  “Blessed.” They were all smiles as they talked and laughed about what they plan to do with their winnings.  All five winners say they plan to make donations to their churches.  Four of the ladies are hoping to take a trip together.

“We’re going to Disney World as a group,” said Smith.

“Or maybe Vegas and keep the streak going!” added Mohid with a laugh.

The group has been playing Powerball together “for a while,” but until last week had never purchased tickets for a Saturday Powerball drawing.  At Tyson’s urging the group threw in double the money and played both the Wednesday and Saturday drawings last week.  It was that first-ever Saturday ticket that produced their $1 million win! 

The ladies’ ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, in Saturday night’s drawing.  The Feb. 23 winning numbers were:  2-5-31-39-41 PB: 29.

No one nationwide matched all six numbers Saturday, which allowed the Powerball jackpot to grow to an estimated $90 million for Wednesday's drawing.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.

The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.

Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4.2 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.9 billion in player prizes.

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Photo:  L to R “Blessed” co-workers Vivian Nickleson, Denyse Tyson, Michelle Smith, Yolanda Mohid and Tracy Williams  claim their $1,000,000 prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters Feb. 25.

 

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