Three Longtime Friends Share $1 Million Powerball Prize
Three longtime friends from Collinsville came forward today at Lottery headquarters to claim the $1 million Powerball prize from the Wed., Nov. 28 drawing.
Lester Belt Jr., 71, Johnny Hall, 71, and William Webb, 81, will each receive $236,667 after federal and state taxes and the three-way split of the prize.
The Coffee Buddies as they named themselves, because they drink coffee and visit every morning, decided to take their chance at the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot last Wednesday. William said he put a $100 bill on the table and suggested they purchase tickets for the drawing. The only other two, at the table of seven friends, to pool their money were Belt and Webb.
The Coffee Buddies purchased 150 plays for the drawing. They successfully matched all five white balls to win a $1 million prize.
For an extra $1 the group could have added Power Play and would have won a $2 million prize. “We are happy with the one million dollars,” said Hall. “If we would have added Power Play, we might not have purchased the winning ticket!”
The trio was surprised to learn of their win because before the drawing Hall had written all of their ticket combinations on a piece of paper for everyone and locked the actual tickets in his safe. The Coffee Buddies checked the recorded numbers, but Hall had actually transposed one of the numbers on the winning line.
They thought they had matched four numbers. It wasn’t until Monday when Hall and Belt returned from Mexico that they took their tickets to the retailer to have them checked and to learn that they were the winners.
“I always check my tickets with the retailer, just to be safe,” said Hall.
The winning ticket was purchased at 4-Way Stop located at 1502 W. Main in Collinsville.
This prize is the 21st prize of $1 million or more paid by the Oklahoma Lottery.