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Group to cash in on Powerball bonus pot

October 21, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA.

charlestown@herald-mail.com

They didn't hit the $340 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday, but they were winners just the same.

Nineteen people who work together in Charles Town told state Lottery Commission officials they had a winning $853,492 Powerball ticket that was purchased from the Somerset Shell gas station and convenience store in the Somerset Village shopping center along U.S. 340 north of Charles Town.

There were 49 tickets on which players hit five of the winning numbers but missed the Powerball number during Wednesday's drawing, West Virginia Lottery spokeswoman Nancy Bulla said.

The people holding the 49 tickets will receive $200,000 each plus a bonus of $653,492, Bulla said.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 7, 21, 43, 44, 49 and a Powerball number of 29.

A Powerball ticket worth $340 million was sold in Jacksonville, Ore., lottery officials said. They didn't immediately say whether someone had stepped forward to claim the prize.

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The prize for the group of Charles Town players will be $584,642 after federal and state taxes are deducted, meaning the 19 workers will have about $30,770 apiece if they split the money evenly, Bulla said.

Bulla declined to identify the workers until their ticket is delivered to the state lottery headquarters in Charleston, W.Va., today to be validated, Bulla said.

A 2 p.m. press conference is scheduled to announce the winners, Bulla said.

"They're pretty excited. Most of them have never played Powerball before," Bulla said.

In June, 15 people who worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency purchased a winning Powerball ticket worth $10 million from Sheetz at the intersection of Washington Street and Flowing Springs Road in Charles Town.

"I guess we're rocking," said Paul DeLauder, manager of the Somerset Shell station.

The Somerset Shell station will receive an $8,534 bonus for selling the winning Powerball ticket that went to the 19 Charles Town workers, Bulla said.

DeLauder said the ticket was sold at the store at 9:06 a.m. Wednesday, although he does not remember who bought it.

Of the 49 tickets with five matching numbers, two were worth $1.6 million, Bulla said. The tickets jumped in value because the purchasers also purchased a power play for an extra $1, Bulla said.

The power play means the winning prize can be multiplied by a multiplying number that is drawn, Bulla said. Wednesday's multiplying number was five, meaning the $200,000 became $1 million, Bulla said.

The $1 million became a $1.6 million prize with the bonus, Bulla said. One of the $1.6 million tickets was sold in Kentucky and the other was sold in the Virgin Islands.

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