Powerball prize shared among 29 workers in Porter

2012-08-01T17:15:00Z 2012-08-02T12:37:03Z Powerball prize shared among 29 workers in PorterTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 01, 2012 5:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | A $2 million Powerball win Saturday night will be split among 29 workers of Trailer Transit Inc. in Porter.

Employees said arriving for work Monday was special.

"It was the best Monday morning the company's ever had," Mike Jones of Valparaiso, president of Trailer Transit Inc., told Hoosier Lottery officials.

Jones was accompanied by company Vice President Dave Wilcoxson of Schererville and part-time maintenance worker Al Jones of Chesterton, as the three claimed the prize Wednesday on behalf of the group, Transit 29, at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.

Lottery officials said Al Jones bought the group's lucky ticket at Pat's Liquors on U.S. 20 in Porter. His wife checked the numbers and discovered the group's win Sunday morning. Al Jones called another member of the group and from there the good news spread throughout the company.

Each winner received $68,695 before taxes, according to the Hoosier Lottery.

Officials said one winner hopes to make a down payment on a house, while another hopes to buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Others plan to pay down their mortgages.

Transit 29 has played Powerball together as a group for about five years, they told lottery officials. They are residents of Lake, LaPorte or Porter counties.

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