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Locals win $150,000 in Big Game

April 16, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Twelve local residents will share $150,000, before taxes, after playing a Big Game lottery ticket that included numbers from the birthdays of one of the employees' relatives.

The group, which bought tickets at the Maugans Avenue Texaco, won the prize in the April 5 drawing. They turned in the winning ticket on Monday at Maryland lottery offices.

The 12 work together at a Food Lion distribution center and a nearby General Electric warehouse in Greencastle, Pa.

Each will receive about $8,500 before taxes.

The names of some of the winners were released Monday. They are: Donald Brown, Phillip Edwards, Andrew Ashway, Lisa Brookens, Christopher Davis, Jamie Peck, Tony Bombita, Teresita Bombita, Darren Henderson and Jamie Jones. Tony and Teresita Bombita are married. Some winners did not want their names released.

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Tony Bombita of Waynesboro, Pa., who works at both locations, said Davis and Ashway live in Hagerstown, but the rest live in Greencastle.

Peck and Davis work at General Electric and the rest work at Food Lion, Bombita said.

Bombita asked his co-workers to pitch in $15 each for a Big Game pool.

He has played the lottery before without luck, Bombita said. He thought maybe he needed the good luck that could come from having co-workers involved, he said Monday. Apparently it worked, he said.

The winning ticket included numbers representing the birthdays of his grandchildren, son and daughter, he said.

Bombita said he will use some of the winnings to pay his bills, and will give some to his children.

Jones, a Food Lion training coordinator, said he had only played a lottery pool once before but agreed to try this time. He was glad he did, he said.

"It is just great," Jones said. He said he probably would use the money to take his family on a vacation to Florida.

The 10 men and two women matched all five regular numbers drawn, but missed the Big Money Ball. Had the Big Money Ball number on their ticket been a 15 instead of a 3, they would have shared the $117 million jackpot.

We were one number away from winning $8 million apiece," Jones said.

Jones said he was buying tickets for tonight's Big Game jackpot of $325 million, but after that he does not plan to play in any more lotteries.

Bombita said he was hoping to win tonight's prize.

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