September 26 , 2007
"The Nukote 22" Claim Winning Powerball Jackpot of $61.5 Million!
A group of current and former employees of Nukote International, a business in Bardstown, KY, have stepped forward to claim a $61.5 million Powerball jackpot prize. The cash option for the jackpot is $28.5 million.
This story starts with a group of Nukote employees who pitched in $1 a week for an office pool for the past nine years. The person in charge of the pool who buys the tickets usually makes photocopies of them for the employees at the office. However, some members of the pool have recently left Nukote. Several of them paid in advance to stay in the pool, and the pool's numbers were e-mailed to them prior to each drawing.
That's where the excitement began this morning for former Nukote employee Connie Mattingly. “When I got up this morning, I heard the news on TV that the winning Powerball ticket had been sold in Bardstown,” Mattingly said. “I logged on to my computer, saw the e-mail with our numbers, and the very first line matched the winners!”
Mattingly then called the person who bought the tickets, Bardstown resident Jane Shelver. “Jane answered the phone, and I asked her if she was awake yet. Then I told her we won the lottery, and she got so excited she hung up on me!”
Bardstown resident Mike Willett, also one of the winning pool members, said the win couldn't have come at a better time for several members of the group. “There are a couple of folks who were laid off from their jobs this summer after working for the company 30 years,” said Willet. “However, the paid into the Powerball pool in order to stay in through the end of the year. It looks like things just got a lot easier for them.”
According to their website, Nukote is a company that produces imaging supplies such as paper, ink jet cartridges and laser toner.
The winning ticket was sold on Monday in Bardstown at the 5 Star Food Mart at 120 E. Stephen Foster Avenue . The ticket was a quick-pick, which meant the numbers were generated by computer and not selected by the player. The winning numbers were 25 , 27, 31, 44 and 54 with a Powerball of 8.
The $61.5 million jackpot, the sixth highest in Kentucky Lottery history, if the first Powerball jackpot won in Kentucky since July of 2003.