A lucky group of friends and coworkers decided to each invest $20 each in the Powerball draw while at a barbecue last week. On Friday, they brought their party indoors to claim a $200,000 Powerball prize from the August 23 drawing.
The winners were: John Hernandez, Leon Cabreja, Tim Coughenour, Dylan Ricketts, Robert Molina, Chloee Lamb and Jerome Porter of Albuquerque.
Their Quick Pick ticket matched the numbers 6, 7, 16, 23 and the Powerball of 4. This would normally be a $50,000 prize. However, they purchased Power Play for an additional dollar and multiplied their prize by 4 - bringing it to a $200,000 win. The winning ticket was purchased at Giant Station #35 in Albuquerque, located at 10400 Central Avenue SE.
On the night of the drawing, Robert Molina watched the draw and compared the numbers to their tickets. He immediately thought they won $50,000, so he called John Hernandez - who didn't believe him. The group soon began texting each other, convinced that Robert was pranking them. But Robert wasn't giving up that easily and persistently kept calling. Eventually, he convinced Tim, who said to his wife, "Hey - I think we won the lottery." Like the others, she was not convinced and asked for screen shots of the tickets.
Dylan Ricketts was a first-time Lottery player. He was new to the group, and as the rest pointed out, "In the right place at the right time."
The winners each have ideas about how to spend their prize: invest, purchase a new vehicle, take a cruise, and buy a Harley. And everyone in the Coughenour family will get a fidget spinner.
The group plans to continue to play the Lottery together.
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