Five coworkers from an oil refinery in Catlettsburg have stepped forward this afternoon holding a $1 million Powerball ticket from the May 11th drawing. The group that consists of 18 people refers to themselves as the Road Oil Rangers. They matched all five numbers but not the Powerball.
For over the last 15 years, 18-20 coworkers at the plant have pooled their money to play the Powerball and Mega Millions games. It wasn't until this past Sunday, that buying tickets for Saturday's Powerball drawing would pay off in a big way.
Joe Fletcher, Jr. of Ironton, OH purchased their tickets at the Shell Food Mart in Ashland, Kentucky and checked them Sunday while on lunch. He circled the numbers as they matched. "When I came to the third number, I was getting nervous. The fourth number I started shaking and the fifth number, I began hyperventilating," Joe told lottery officials.
Calling out to everyone in the room Joe said, "Boys I think we've hit." No one seemed to believe him at first. Anthony Evans of Catlettsburg, who is a member of the group walked over to him and said, "Let me see those numbers." It wasn't long before word traveled that it was indeed true.
Next, the group tried to figure out how much they'd won knowing that the second prize had changed last year. Once they determined it was $1 million, it didn't take them long before they were figuring out how much each person would get.
"We were all high fiving and everyone was very excited," Anthony said.
Each member of the group received approximately $38,333 after taxes. Many plan to pay off bills while Chris Matney of Kitts Hill, OH is going to put his winnings towards his two daughter's college tuition. The group said that one member who wasn't able to come with them will use it for much needed medical expenses.
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