NINE BALL AEROSPACE WORKERS SPLIT $1 MILLION POWERBALL PRIZE
FORT COLLINS – Ball Aerospace might be the luckiest company in Colorado. Nine Ball employees won $1 million in Saturday’s Powerball drawing – the second group of Ball workers to win a major prize on Powerball this year.
Jeff Davis, an aerospace technician at the company, represented the latest batch of Ball winners, claiming the group’s prize in the Lottery’s Fort Collins office Wednesday morning. The workers won the windfall by matching five numbers in the Powerball drawing and choosing the Power Play option for an extra $1. Players who match five numbers in the Powerball drawing usually win a $200,000 prize, but selecting the Power Play option (for an extra $1) automatically multiplies their winnings by five.
Davis said his co-workers pitch in $4 each for every drawing once the jackpot hits $90 million. The group has been buying tickets collectively for about six months, but the win still took everyone by surprise. In fact, Davis’ son, who is also part of the pool, was convinced that someone was playing a joke on him when he realized that one of the group’s tickets (which Davis had made photocopies of) matched five of the numbers drawn.
“He asked a co-worker to look at and I think they must have looked at it 40 times,” said Davis. “He just really didn’t believe it.”
Davis bought his ticket at the Country Corner Store in Hygiene not far from his home. The store received $3,000 for selling the lucky ticket. After claiming the winnings, Davis delivered checks to his co-workers at the office. Each received nearly $79,000 after taxes.
“I can’t tell you how happy they were,” says Davis, who plans to save his windfall.
The group works at Ball’s facility in Boulder. In June, Pat Weber and Terry Hutson, co-workers at Ball’s plant in Broomfield, won $200,000 playing Powerball.
Davis said the pool will continue despite the big win. He has already purchased $36 worth of tickets for Wednesday’s drawing, with a $170 million jackpot up for grabs.
“We’re going to hit the big one,” said Davis. “Lightning strikes twice.”
Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Powerball, Cash 5, Scratch, and Lotto - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned $2 billion to the state of Colorado over the last 26 years. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the lottery has provided funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection.
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