Friday, June 7, 1996
Snyder group wins half of $35 million jackpot
By LORETTA FULTON and ALINE PARKS
SNYDER - Nineteen employees of BJ Services Inc. struck it rich
Wednesday night, but not in the oil field.
They did it the easy way - they bought 110 Quik Picks for Wednesday
night's $35 million Texas Lotto drawing and won, along with another
person in San Antonio.
The Snyder bunch will split $17.5 million. Most will receive $28,000
annually for the next 20 years. Some of the investors will receive
more because they bought more than one share.
The company employs about 50 people, but not all chose to play.
One person who didn't get in on the deal, district secretary Marsha
Falls, was threatening to kick herself Thursday for not buying
into the pool.
"I started to, but I didn't," she said.
The man responsible for purchasing the tickets, Leon Crenshaw,
wasn't as caught up in the excitement as others, or perhaps was
overcome by it.
"I think he's home sleeping," Falls said.
The group has purchased tickets five or six times over the past
two years whenever the Lotto jackpot got to be exceptionally high,
said Jim Halverson, facility supervisor.
The employees bought a total of 22 tickets with five sets of numbers
each at Wes-T-Go Conoco No. 3 in Snyder. The store manager said
Lotto commission representatives were there Thursday afternoon
to confirm the purchase.
Halverson said the group has retained an attorney to represent
them. The group will send two representatives to Austin for the
check presentation, he said.
Halverson said everybody was excited about winning but nobody
had made plans for spending the money.
The winning numbers were: 8, 13, 17, 28, 47 and 48.
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