Monday, December 5, 2016
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Group of Co-Workers at Mize Houser & Company Share
$50,000 Powerball Prize
Whenever the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpots reach $100
million, co-workers at Mize Houser & Company in Overland Park
pool their money to buy tickets. The group, which calls
itself Mize Houser 16, received a big surprise after the November
19 Powerball drawing. Much to everyone's surprise, one of the
tickets they purchased matched four of the first five numbers and
the Powerball to win a $50,000 cash prize!
Since only one person can claim a lottery prize in Kansas, the
group elected Robin Buchanan to be the person to claim the large
cash prize on their behalf.
"I'm in charge of collecting the money for the pool, so it only
seemed natural to have me claim the prize," said Buchanan.
"Whenever the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpots reach $100
million, I send out an email to let everyone know I'll be
collecting money for the drawing. Each person that wants to
participate has to contribute $4. I always buy the tickets at
one of my favorite mom and pop stores that's close to our office.
After buying the tickets, I keep them secure and then check them
after each drawing."
This process changed a little before the November 19 Powerball
drawing, however. Buchanan did purchase the group's tickets,
but then went on vacation before the drawing occurred, leaving
co-worker Jeff Roblez in charge of checking the Powerball tickets
after the drawing.
"I went down to Dallas, Texas, to visit my sister for my
birthday and Thanksgiving," said Buchanan. "The Monday after
the drawing, my co-workers were blowing up my phone with text
messages and calls. When they told me we had won $50,000, I
was as surprised as everyone else. Jeff called the Lottery
and got instructions on how to claim our prize and did a great job
of getting all the paperwork organized. When I returned to
work November 28, everyone kept on me about getting our ticket
claimed. Everyone is so excited about winning."
Each of the 16 winners will receive $3,125 of the $50,000 cash
prize. Buchanan said even though she hadn't received her
portion of the winnings, she went ahead and splurged on a pair of
cowboy boots while she was in Texas.
"I knew I'd be getting the prize money, so I went ahead and
bought the boots," said Buchanan. "I'm going to have a very
Merry Christmas with the rest of my winnings."
The winning ticket was purchased at Phillips 66, located at
13705 College Blvd. in Lenexa.
TO VIEW VIDEO OF THE WINNER CLICK HERE: ROBIN