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ALTOONA, Pa. -- An office pool of 15 FEMA workers hit it big last week, winning the $10 million Powerball drawing in West Virginia. The winning ticket was purchased at a Sheetz store in Charles Town, WV, where the "FEMA TEAM" had been loyal lottery customers for years. The winning numbers were randomly chosen for a drawing held June 29th.
"We couldn't be happier to see our Sheetz customers win big," said Louie Sheetz, executive vice president of marketing for Sheetz. "This is what makes the lottery so exciting!"
The winners opted for the $5.8 million cash option, with Debbie Bucher of Winchester, Va., claiming the prize on behalf of the 15 FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) workers. Each of the 15 winners received $388,048.12 before taxes.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin and Sheetz representatives were on hand to present the winners with an oversized check made payable to "FEMA TEAM," on July 13th in Charleston, W. Va.
Sheetz is a leading lottery retailer in West Virginia, selling a record $3.35 million in lottery products in their 23 stores last year, generating nearly $1 million in revenue for the state. As compensation for selling lottery tickets, retailers are paid a bonus by the lottery commission for selling winning tickets. Sheetz, wanting to share this good fortune with the Charles Town community, presented $10,000 to St. Jude Children's Hospital on behalf of the employees from Sheetz Store #240 in Charles Town.
Sheetz district manager Ramona Kitt said employees at the store were in unanimous agreement to donate to the children's hospital. As the check was presented to Julie Janes, regional representative for St. Jude's, Kitt said her company's enthusiasm is twofold. "While celebrating with the winners, we are grateful for the opportunity to be able to share with St. Jude's. We're thrilled for our customers; and we're thrilled for the children of St. Jude's."