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166 co-workers split $1 Million Powerball ticket

A group of 166 co-workers in Missouri evenly split a $1 million lottery prize after falling just short of the $300 million Powerball jackpot. Each took home $6,024 before taxes. (Missouri Lottery)

A group of 166 co-workers in Missouri evenly split a $1 million lottery prize after falling just short of the $300 million Powerball jackpot. Each took home $6,024 before taxes. (Missouri Lottery)

FARMINGTON, Mo. — A group of 166 employees at a tool company in Missouri evenly split a $1 million lottery prize after barely missing a $300 million Powerball jackpot.

The employees at U.S. Tool Group's headquarters in Farmington joined a lottery pool in December.

On Christmas morning, Peggy Lunsford, who started the company pool, realized a ticket purchased by her work group for the Dec. 23 drawing had matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $1 million “Match 5” prize.

“I’m in charge of collecting the money and who puts in $2 for each drawing,” said Lunsford. “I make copies of all the tickets and check them after the drawings. When I saw the $1 million win, I decided to wait and let everyone know Tuesday, at work.”

“You could hear people from all over the plant say, ‘Yay!’” laughed Michelle Kemp, one of the 166 winners.

Four of the winning co-workers represented the group at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City to claim their $1 million prize, wearing sweatshirts from Jake’s Express Shop, 6104 Highway Y in French Village, where the winning ticket was purchased.

“The girl that sells the tickets was so happy. She came running up to me and said, ‘I knew I would sell you a winning ticket!’” said Lunsford. “It’s exciting for everyone.”

Each winner will receive approximately $6,024 before taxes.

The Powerball jackpot climbed to $570 million before being hit earlier this month.

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