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12 Durham Co-Workers Win $200,000 Powerball Prize

Posted March 3, 2007

— Twelve Durham co-workers have won a $200,000 Powerball prize, N.C. Education Lottery officials announced Friday.

The self-proclaimed "Dirty Dozen" work for Parata Systems. They traveled to Raleigh Thursday to collect their prize, which amounted to $11,333 per person after taxes.

“We all feel so blessed,” said Sandra Hays of Pelham. “We’ve been playing together since it started. We have been looking forward to this day for long time.”

The group, made up of quality engineers, electronics technicians, and buyers said they each put in $1 for each drawing. They bought their winning ticket at Kangaroo Express #3093 on N.C. Highway 55 in Durham.

Anthony DiGiovanni of Raleigh checked the winning numbers on the computer when he arrived at work Thursday morning.

“He came running and screaming,” Hays said. “I could not for the life of me figure out what could have happened to get him that bent out of shape. It’s out of character for him. He is always so calm."

The group matched all five white balls in Wednesday night's drawing. The winning numbers were 13, 20, 41, 42, and 53.

The winners said they plan to take trips, buy new cars, set up college funds, and invest their winnings.

The winners are:

Beth Hall – Ramseur

Jeromey Murdock – Fuquay-Varina

Angela Cottle – Cary

Randy Daniels – Franklinton

James Stanley – Raleigh

Ricky Upchurch – Durham

Roderick Howie – Durham

Leverne Byrd – Raleigh

Bryan Farnsworth – Wake Forest

Ryan Jones – Clayton

Anthony Giovanni – Raleigh

Sandra Hays – Pelham


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  • Lizard Paw Mar 4, 2007

    ya'll check out this story,,,,http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1221297/

  • No Quarter Mar 4, 2007

    Throw the money up in the air-whatever stays is god's, whatever comes back down is yours to keep.

  • georgewilson11 Mar 4, 2007

    Sorry to see that Brain-Dead is so opposed . Maybe her friends in line for the Govmnt Cheese Monday will share her convictions !

  • SOCLOSE Mar 3, 2007

    thanks albritton76, that's good to know.

  • albritton76 Mar 3, 2007

    They're crazy for allowing their names to be released (it is optional when collecting lottery winnings).

  • doughboy Mar 3, 2007


  • love nc Mar 3, 2007

    hey brain dead, I am a christian, but also believe that 'The wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous' so get off your self righteous kick and go study the scripture some more.

  • SOCLOSE Mar 3, 2007

    Congrats to everyone. I'm not hating, but I do want to know is it necessary that the winners names are posted up, plus what city they're living in? I just want to know just in case I'm a big winner one of these days? I don't think I would want anyone having any info on me. People are crazy nowadays.

  • grenlyn1 Mar 3, 2007

    Congrats everyone!!! :)

  • shakennotstirred Mar 3, 2007

    you dummies--braindead is just goofing, he/she says the same thing on every post, I can't beleive ya'll don't recognize sarcasm...