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Des Moines steelworkers win big lotto prize

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - A group of 10 co-workers from a Des Moines tire-manufacturing plant stepped forward Monday to claim a $1 million Powerball prize they'd won with a ticket purchased a local convenience store.

The co-workers who all produce agricultural tires at the Des Moines Firestone plant are calling themselves "The Local 310 Ten" because they're all members of Local 310 of the United Steelworkers Union. They've pooled their money to buy Powerball tickets together for about five years.

"I've been coming to grips with it since 11:15 p.m. Saturday night when I called in and read the numbers and was actually disappointed because we didn't have any Powerballs on our ticket," said Dan Kelley of Urbandale, who buys the group's tickets. "And low and behold, there it was on the bottom line, the last one on the ticket. And I just had to sit back and take a deep breath and call the Iowa Lottery once again to double-check my numbers on the verification line."

It was the only ticket in the nation to win a $1 million prize in Saturday's drawing.

Don Root, 56, of Ankeny, is another member of the group. He said he found out about their good fortune about 5 a.m. Sunday when Kelley called him, rousing him from sleep to tell him how much they'd won.

"He said we'd won and he told me how much. I just kind of said, ‘Yeah," and I hung the phone up," Root said. "I went over and sat down and kind of realized what he'd told me and the adrenaline kind of hit. It took about 20 minutes to hit and then I realized what he'd actually said."

After taxes, each member of the group received $70,000. Root said he planned to put his money straight into savings.

The Local 310 Ten claimed Iowa's second $1 million-winning Powerball ticket this month and its fourth this year.

Last week, a retired Des Moines man won a $1 million Powerball prize by adding the Power Play option to his ticket. Richard J. Smith, 84, of Des Moines bought his winning ticket at a West Des Moines supermarket.

In August, two couples who were camping at the Iowa State Fair won a $1 million prize by adding the Power Play option to their Powerball ticket. Rick Hamilton and Sharon Sulser, both from Chariton, and Vickie and Terry Chambers, both from nearby Columbia, split the $1 million prize they won with a ticket they purchased while making an ice run to a Pleasant Hill gas station.

And in February, a Marshalltown man won a $1 million prize by adding the Power Play option to his Powerball ticket. Ricky Rushton, who worked in the cafeteria at the Swift & Co. pork-processing plant in Marshalltown, bought his $1 million-winning ticket at a Marshalltown convenience store.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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