The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 19, 2014

‘Beckley 27’ lottery winners celebrate good fortune

CHARLESTON —  A lottery group of 27 players from the Beckley area were announced Tuesday as winners of $1 million after matching five of the six numbers from the Feb. 8 Powerball drawing.

West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave said the winners, now known as “The Beckley 27,” were represented by Diana Slone and Lisa Stadelman, two members of the group.

Both Slone and Stadelman, like most of the group, are employees at The Register-Herald. The group regularly pools funds to play both the Powerball and MegaMillions jackpot games.

“Everyone in the group was not able to attend the press conference because we had to keep the newspaper up and running … and on schedule,” said Slone.

Slone was the person selected to purchase the tickets for the group and was the first to learn of the big win.

“I checked our newspaper on Sunday and kept looking back at the paper and the ticket because I couldn’t believe we had won,” Slone said.

Slone said that she contacted Stadelman to tell her about what she thought was a $100,000 win, just to find out that they had in fact won the $1 Million Match 5 prize.    

The winning ticket, purchased at RJ’s Dry Hill Merchants in Beckley, represents the second of two back-to-back $1 Million winning tickets sold in February.

“We matched every number on the ticket, except for the Powerball, and we were only one digit away from winning the jackpot,” said Stadelman.

The winning Powerball number in that drawing was 29, and they had 28. Stadelman said that their group purchased 27 tickets for the drawing, and has already purchased tickets for Wednesday’s $400 Million Powerball jackpot.

Slone characterized her win as exciting, not just for herself, but for so many people who are sharing the money and can now do things they needed to do. Both said that their co-workers have made plans for their prize winnings that range from paying off debt to donating money to charity.

“I’m just so happy that so many people were able to win,” said Slone.  

Stadelman said that she and Slone were also part of another group of 31 employees from the newspaper who won and split a prize of $100,000 in 2002. Each one of today’s 27 winners received a check for more than $25,000.

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