Front Row: Kelli Spencer, Carol Gilchrist, Jean Howard and Maximino Rivera Back Row: Robert Spencer, Nelson Callicoat, Robert Hoffman and Gregory Ryan.
Not Pictured: Willie Grissom and Timothy Flyingout
$1 MILLION POWERBALL
PRIZE IS CLAIMED
Blaine County Group Wins Big
The $1 million winning ticket from last Wednesday’s Powerball drawing has been claimed at Lottery headquarters by a group of co-workers and friends from Blaine County.
The Split 10, as they have named themselves, include: Gregory Ryan, Nelson Callicoat, Carol Gilchrist, Robert Hoffman and Jean Howard of Canton; Robert Spencer, Kelli Spencer, Willie Grissom and Timothy Flyingout of Watonga; and Maximino Rivera of Okeene.
Hoffman was in charge of purchasing the pool’s tickets for this drawing and looking for a change of luck for the group he decided not purchase tickets at their normal lottery retailer. Instead Hoffman ended up at a Love’s Travel Stop, located at 304 W. Russworm in Watonga to purchase tickets.
As luck would have it, the group successfully matched five of five white balls, which is a $1 million prize. After taxes, each member of the group received approximately $71,000.
The Split 10 has been playing as a pool for five years. Ryan, who is the pool manager, plays with five of his co-workers from a local manufacturing company, plus his daughter and son-in-law and one of his former classmates and her mother.
Ryan has been adding money to the pool for both his daughter and son-in-law, Kelli and Robert Spencer. “My dad mentioned to me at one point that he had us in a lottery pool,” said Kelli Spencer. “And really I haven’t thought about it since then. So to repay him, we are going to be taking my dad to Ireland.”
Another winner, Rivera, plans to use a portion of his winnings to purchase a new truck. “We are just going to pay cash for the truck,” said Rivera. “It will be nice not to have a truck payment.”
With Carol Gilchrist, being a retired teacher, all of the pool members strongly agreed that it is great the Lottery supports Oklahoma education and they plan to continue playing.
Oklahoma has had four Powerball jackpot winners and this prize payment to the Split 10 is the 35th prize of $1 million or more from the Oklahoma Lottery.
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $558 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology education institutions.