Area workers hit Powerball's second prize

March 13, 2008 3:12:47 PM PDT
The Powerball lottery jackpot is getting even bigger, but some are cashing tickets for big bucks. None of the tickets sold for last night's drawing matched all six numbers drawn, but a few people got very close.

At Orleans Homebuilders in Bensalem, the accountants spent the morning tapping on calculators and pouring over the books, but these number-crunchers weren't thinking about the cost of drywall or bricks.

"We're in the money!" exclaimed one.

Sixteen co-workers chipped in five dollars apiece for a shot at Wednesday night's 230-million dollar Powerball jackpot.

Helena Muffler bought the winning ticket on her way home from work at the Giant supermarket at Street and Mechanicsville Roads.

"After the lottery, usually the next day, I'll check the tickets. I check the numbers and usually you get one here, one there. Then I had someone else look at it too, and I realized we had 200-thousand dollars," said Muffler.

They matched all five numbers, but not the Powerball. That's okay because, they say, 200-thousand dollars is still big money! Now, they're dreaming of taking a dream vacation!

Their boss is just thrilled that his accounting team didn't win the big prize and quit!

"Just enough to get them some extra money. That's terrific, I think," said Mark Weaver.

Four other tickets sold in Pennsylvania matched the five white numbers for the $200,000 prize.

Saturday's Powerball jackpot is worth $275 million. You can see the drawing at 10:59, right before Action News at 11.

On the Net: Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/powerball/


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