COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – After taxes, a group of 14 co-workers from the Kimberly-Clark plant in Beech Island, SC will each take home $48,500 from a $1 million Powerball prize.
Group spokesman David Adams, of Warrenville, SC accepted the check on behalf of the group that formed a year and a half ago. He says each member of the "Process Specialist Retirement Fund" contributes $5 a week for 35 chances at a Powerball jackpot.
Adams purchased the winning ticket, a quick pick, and those that came before it from the 3 Way Food Mart 6 on Pinelog Road in Warrenville.
"We took the ticket around to all the guys, and we just kept checking the numbers over and over again," Adams said. "We were taking pictures and high-fiving."
Adams is the youngest of the group at 48 and the oldest is 63. Many of the men have worked for 30 years or more and played hoping to win enough to retire. For now plans are to take vacations, pay off homes, cover college tuition costs, and one winner is buying a race car.
The co-workers from Kimberly-Clark overcame steep odds of 1 in 5,153,633 to win $1 million, but fell one number short of Powerball's multi-million-dollar jackpot.
The Powerball jackpot continues to roll. The drawing for Wednesday, July 9 is for an estimated $122 million, $71 million cash.
"I'm going Wednesday to buy our tickets," Adams said.