WATONGA — The $1 million winning ticket from last Wednesday's Powerball drawing has been claimed by a group of co-workers and friends from Blaine County.
The Split 10, as they have named themselves, are Gregory Ryan, Nelson Callicoat, Carol Gilchrist, Robert Hoffman and Jean Howard, all of Canton; Robert Spencer, Kelli Spencer, Willie Grissom and Timothy Flyingout, all of Watonga; and Maximino Rivera, of Okeene.
Hoffman was in charge of purchasing the pool's tickets for the drawing. He decided not to purchase tickets at their normal lottery retailer. Instead Hoffman went to Love's Travel Stop, 304 W Russworm.
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,” Kelli Spencer said. “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.”