FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2011
Lafayette co-workers win $250,000 playing Mega Millions
INDIANAPOLIS –A group of nine rowdy guys, all co-workers at Tate and Lyle in Lafayette presented a winning Mega Millions® ticket worth $250,000 to Hoosier Lottery Officials in Indianapolis today. The group matched the first five numbers, but not the Mega Ball® in the March 25, 2011 drawing.
The men work as operators on two different teams. The close-knit group of down-to-earth guys laughed and joked as they claimed their winnings Friday afternoon. Some of the men have been working together for as long as 16 years. They have been playing Hoosier Lottery Big Jackpot Games together twice a week for about two and a half years.
The guys in the group say they always roll their winnings into future ticket purchases and take turns buying and checking the tickets each week. Brian Moody purchased the group’s $250,000 winning ticket with $150 in winnings from the previous drawing. Moody bought the winning ticket at Pay Less at 2513 Maple Point Drive in Lafayette.
The nine lucky winners are: Brian Moody of Lafayette, Brian Jones of West Lafayette, Doug Chenoweth of West Lafayette, Lawrence Clawson of Rossville, Ben Fagan of Battle Ground, Brian Moore of Bringhurst, Tim Sullivan of Lafayette, Steve Swank of Lafayette and Bill Johnson of Lafayette.
Of all the men Brian Jones was the most shocked by the win. Jones is notorious for his bad luck.
“I told them last week that if they ever want to win they need to kick me out of the group,” joked Jones.
Jones is thrilled to be proven wrong and says he and the group plan to keep playing.
“We’re not done. We’re hot!” said Jones.
The winning numbers in the March 25 drawing were: 22-24-31-52-54 MB: 4
As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from Indiana sales of Mega Millions is turned over to the State. Last year, the Hoosier Lottery transferred $190 million to the State where it was allocated to teachers, police and firefighters retirement funds as well as the Build Indiana Fund which ultimately reduces Hoosier’s license plate costs.
Players have 180 days to claim prizes on Hoosier Lottery draw games. The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly.
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Photo: The No Raise Nine: (L to R) Bill Johnson, Ben Fagan, Lawrence Clawson, Doug Chenoweth, Brian Jones, Steve Swank, Tim Sullivan, Brian Moody and Brian Moore.