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August 24, 2001

GROUP OF 17 COWORKERS CLAIM 8/22 $100,000 POWERBALL® PRIZE

 DOVER, DE - Seventeen employees of the William Donovan Sheet Metal Company in Philadelphia, Pa., claimed a $100,003 ($100,000 prize, plus $3 for matching the POWERBALL® number on an additional ticket) POWERBALL® prize from the Wednesday, August 22 drawing. He verified the winning ticket this afternoon at the Delaware Lottery Office in Dover.

John Binczewski, spokesperson for the group, said the prize will be shared with 16 of his coworkers, comprising 14 other union sheet metal workers from Local 19 and two secretaries. Each member of the group was awarded $4,264.83, which represents a $5,882.52 share of a $100,003 prize, minus $1,617.69 for federal tax. 

The group purchased POWERBALL® tickets for Wednesday's drawing in a cooperative effort.  Binczewski said, "I was thinking about buying POWERBALL® tickets for the drawing and once I mentioned the idea, everyone became interested in buying tickets."  The group's winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at Sunoco A-Plus Mini Mart on Philadelphia Pike in Claymont.

Binczewski said he learned they had won when he saw the winning POWERBALL® numbers on television Wednesday night.  "Right away I noticed one of our tickets matched all five winning white numbers, but not the POWERBALL® number," he explained. "It was very exciting, I couldn't wait to tell the group."  While he was not sure what other group members planned to do with their winnings, John said he planned to bank half and spend the remainder on roof repairs and a new golf club. 

When asked if the group planned on purchasing POWERBALL® tickets for Saturday's $280 million dollar POWERBALL® drawing, Binczewski said, "Yes, all 17 original group members, plus one additional person, are going to buy tickets as a group again.  In fact, when I leave here we're going back to stand in line." 

 According to Delaware Lottery Officials, two $100,000 prizes remain unclaimed for the May 12 and August 18 POWERBALL® drawings. The winning numbers for the May 12 drawing were 11, 16, 28, 29 and 36 for the white numbers and 21 for the red POWERBALL® number.  The ticket was sold at 7-Eleven on Basin Road in New Castle.  The winning numbers for the August 18 drawing were 03, 14, 20, 22 and 48 for the white numbers and 17 for the red POWERBALL®.  The ticket was sold at 7-Eleven on South DuPont Highway and Bacon Street.

The POWERBALL® jackpot for Saturday, August 25, has an estimated annuity value worth $280 million. Tickets for POWERBALL cost $1 and are available at all Delaware Lottery On-Line Retailers.  The Delaware Lottery reminds players to play responsibly. 

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $1.1 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games including POWERBALL®, All Cash Lotto, Rolldown®, PLAY 3 and PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games.

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