Work group is $200,000 richer
From staff reports
Thirty-seven employees of a printing company, including several area residents, have won a $200,000 Powerball prize from the Minnesota State Lottery.
The winners are employees at Gannett Offset-Minneapolis, a printing company in Maple Grove. They call themselves “2-Buck Chuck” and each contributed $2 in Powerball tickets for the drawings on Feb. 23 and Feb. 26 to group leader Chuck Collins.
Collins, who has been organizing the Powerball pool for about two years, said he collects the money once the jackpot reaches $100 million for the chance to “win the big one.”
While the group didn’t win the $155 million jackpot on Feb. 23, one of their quick-pick tickets matched the first five numbers drawn to win $200,000.
Group member Jean Dean of Richfield was the first to discover the win. She immediately had co-worker Theresa Kurtzbein of Rogers double check the tickets to confirm the $200,000 win.
Kurtzbein admitted that she was skeptical at first, saying, “It was hard to believe.”
The two notified Collins right away with the good news. “At 6 a.m., I knew it had to be really good news or really bad news,” Collins said. “I was thinking it had to be the big one — but I was still happy when I found out it was $200,000.”
The group claimed the prize at the Lottery’s Roseville office on Feb. 25. They each received $5,405 before the required tax withholdings.
Besides Kurtzbein, area residents who are members of the “2-Buck Chuck” group include Julie Kleist of Albertville, Brett Thomas of Big Lake, William Winick of Dayton, Michael Merchant of Elk River and Nicholas Oswald of Princeton.