14 co-workers from Kimberly-Clark plant win the lottery

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC – A group of 14 co-workers from the Kimberly-Clark plant in Beech Island are splitting a $1 MILLION Powerball® prize won in last Wednesday’s drawing.

After taxes, each winner takes home approximately $48,500.

Group spokesman David Adams, of Warrenville, accepted the check on behalf of the group that formed a year and a half ago. He says each member of the “Process Specialist Retirement Fund” contributes $5 a week for 35 chances at a Powerball® jackpot.

Adams purchased the winning ticket, a quick pick, from the 3 Way Food Mart 6 on Pinelog Rd. in Warrenville. The store received a $10,000 commission for selling the ticket that successfully matched four white ball numbers and the red Powerball® number on Wednesday, July 2 (8 - 18 - 45 - 53 - 58, PB: 35).

“We took the ticket around to all the guys, and we just kept checking the numbers over and over again,” said Adams. “We were taking pictures and high-fiving.”

Adams is the youngest of the group at 48 and the oldest is 63. Many of the men have worked for 30 years or more and played hoping to win enough to retire. For now plans are to take vacations, pay off homes, cover college tuition costs, and one guy’s buying a race car.

“It’s just us guys, and we’re a tight knit group,” said Adams.

It’s been three years since the area claimed a $1 million win. The last time was in 2011, when retailers in both Aiken and North Augusta sold million dollar winning Carolina Millionaires Club tickets.

The co-workers from Kimberly-Clark overcame steep odds of 1 in 5,153,633 to win $1 million, but fell one number short of Powerball’s® multi-million-dollar jackpot.

The Powerball® jackpot continues to roll. Tomorrow night’s drawing is for an estimated $122 million, $71 million cash.

“I’m going Wednesday to buy our tickets,” said Adams.

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