Refinery Coworkers Claim $1 Million Powerball Ticket

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 5/16/13
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Five coworkers at the Marathon Refinery in Catlettsburg have come forward and claimed the $1 million Powerball ticket from the May 11th drawing.

The group of 18 people call themselves the “Road Oil Rangers.” They matched all five numbers, but not the Powerball.

For over the last 15 years, the group has pooled their money to play the Powerball and Mega Millions games. It wasn’t until this past Sunday that the ticket buying paid off in a big way.

Joe Fletcher Jr. of Ironton, Ohio, was the member of the group who purchased the winning ticket at the Shell Food Mart in Ashland.

Fletcher checked the numbers Sunday while on lunch and circled them 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, Ohio, 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.

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Kentucky Lottery says a winning $1 million Powerball lottery ticket was sold at a convenience store in Ashland. The winning ticket was for the drawing this past Saturday night.

The ticket was sold at the Shell Food Mart in the 2000-block of Greenup Avenue.

The ticket matched all five white ball numbers, but not the Powerball. The white ball winning numbers were: 6 – 13 – 19 – 23 – 43

Lottery officials say the ticket holder needs to sign their name on the back of the ticket and bring it to Louisville for redemption. They have 180 days from Saturday to present the ticket.

As of late Monday morning no one had come forward to claim the prize.

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