LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Persistence paid off for a group of 15employees at Louisville's Sysco plant. For 12 years, the workers pooled theirmoney to buy Powerball tickets, and on March 13, they won $1 million.
The excitement began Thursday morning when pool member JamesDowell of Radcliff began check the group's tickets. "On one set of numbers Istarted circling the numbers we'd matched," Dowell said. "Before I knew it,we'd matched all first five numbers."
Dowell called Brent Biddle of Lexington, another member of thegroup, to help figure out how much they'd won. Biddle initially thought they'dwon $200,000, but they soon discovered the real total was $1 million. If theworkers had matched the sixth number in the March 13 drawing, they would havewon $216 million.
Word trickled down to the rest of the group, but since Dowellworks 3rd shift, some of the members didn't find out until Friday.
After calling the Kentucky Lottery office five times to verifythe winning numbers, Dowell went to the West Point BP where he'd bought theticket to have it checked. Dowell said he noticed a sign on the door that read,We sold a $1 million Powerball ticket. "As I walked up to the clerk, she toldme that the winning ticket hadn't been claimed," Dowell said. He replied to theclerk, "It has now."
Several of the winners said they will pay off bills with theirwinnings. Dowell said he plans to remodel his house. Bobby Carter of Louisvillesaid he would put his away for retirement.
After taxes, the winners will receive about $46,000 each. WestPoint BP on South 4th Street in West Point will receive a $10,000bonus for selling the winning ticket.