BOISE -- Idaho Lottery officials say a group of nine medical workers at Hill Force Air Base in Layton, Utah, has won a $1 million Powerball prize.
The group goes by the nickname "Dream Recalculated." They purchased the winning ticket at Thomas Market in Malad, Idaho for last Saturday night’s draw. They started an office pool in March.
“On Monday morning we knew we’d won a big prize when we matched those first five numbers, we just didn’t know how much it was at first,” said Ju Nare Cope from Ogden, Utah.
“We did a lot of research, made every one of our participants sign contracts, and then everyone put in $10 once every five weeks,” explained Michelle Allgaier from South Weber, Utah. “We’ve only spent $450 on tickets since starting the group around the time of that big Mega Millions jackpot.”
Joining Cope and Allgaier in Boise to claim the group’s prizes were Paulene Coleman also of Ogden, Candy Davis from Clinton, Utah, Marty Kessler from Clinton, Utah, and Curtis Sanders from Layton, Utah. Three other players, Helen Frazier from Willard, Utah, Joyce Kenney from Mountain Green, Utah, and Christy Snow from Hill AFB, Utah, were also claimants.
Most of the group plan to invest their winnings and pay down debts. Cope, Allgaier, and Candy Davis said they are planning trips to Hawaii.
For their part in selling the winning ticket, Thomas Market will receive a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.
The Powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s draw is an estimated $80 million.