A local group of people got an extra holiday gift from the Missouri Lottery Powerball game over the weekend after matching all five white-ball numbers drawn in the Dec. 23 drawing. 

The plant was buzzing at US Tool in Farmington Tuesday after it was discovered that a group of approximately 166 people had won the Powerball, according to US Tool Vice President of Operations Brent Williams.

“My guess is that they bought a lot of tickets and they all put money in to buy the tickets and won,” said Williams. “So they are splitting that money and what I heard was that each person who bought a ticket will be receiving around $3,000 to $4,000.”

Williams said everyone is really excited and it was a real buzz at work. He added everyone is ready to receive their reward. He said he isn’t sure if they had already turned in the winning ticket or not.

“From my understanding they do this occasionally, pool together to buy tickets, and I don’t think it was a one-time thing,” Williams said. “I bet there were more than normal involved because of the holiday, but I don’t know for sure.”

According to a press release from the Missouri Lottery, the winning ticket was purchased at Jake’s Express Shop & Deli off 6104 Highway Y in French Village. The winning number combination was 1, 3, 13, 15 and 44.

The win marks the 48th time a Missouri Lottery player has won a $1 million Powerball “Match 5” prize since January 2012.

“But that’s not all,” May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery, said. “Two additional Powerball players in Missouri won $50,000 Saturday night by matching four of the five white-ball numbers drawn, plus the Powerball number.”

Those tickets were sold at Break Time, 1200 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City, and Petro Mart, 1430 S. Kirkwood Road, in Sunset Hills.

Draw Game winners have exactly 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. In this case, the winners have until June 21, 2018. Prizes can be claimed at any of the Lottery’s four offices, which are located in St. Louis, Jefferson City, Kansas City and Springfield.

The jackpot for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing is now estimated at $337 million.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or



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