Sure, some jerks might say “second place is the first loser,” but a group of 40 co-workers for a trucking company in upstate New York have to be feeling pretty good about their second-place finish in the Powerball drawing in January.
The group each chipped in $5 and bought 100 tickets, cashing in on a $1 million winner that matched all five numbers on the Jan. 9 drawing. Unfortunately, they missed the Powerball – (un)lucky No. 13.
Truck driver Kenneth Shumway purchased the winning ticket at a Stewart’s Shop in Valatie, NY. He told local ABC affiliate News10 that once he found out the group had a winner, he hid the ticket in a container of flour until it could be put in a safe deposit box.
The net payout is $661,800 – about $16,500 per person. Shumway told the TV station he plans to use his cut to build a pool in the backyard. The winners formed their own LLC to claim the prize and distribute the winnings.
While the total Powerball jackpot on Jan. 9 was one of the largest in the drawing’s history at $900 million, the following drawing on Jan. 13 resulted in a record-breaking $1.5 billion payout that was split among multiple winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.