BOISE, Idaho -- A group of Hill Air Force Base workers, going by the nickname of "Dreams Recalculated," have claimed a $1 million prize in the Idaho lottery.
The nine people shared the ticket purchased from a store in Malad, Idaho. The co-workers are with the 75th Medical Group at the base, said David Workman, public information officer for the Idaho Lottery.
The winning ticket was from an Aug. 25 drawing.
The group's leaders, Ju Nare Cope of Ogden, and Michelle Allgaier of South Weber, started their office pool in March of this year, according to a press release issued by Workman.
After matching the first five numbers, but not the Powerball on Saturday night, news that the group had won big spread quickly, he said.
"On Monday morning we knew we had won a big prize when we matched those first five numbers, we just didn't know how much it was at first," Cope said in the news release. "Then, 'Miss Eye-Spy Michelle' went on the Internet and found out we had won $1 million. That news spread like wildfire."
Allgaier used the Idaho Lottery's "Pool Party" interactive website dedicated to educating players interested in starting an office pool to get information for starting "Dreams Recalculated." She made sure the group's paperwork, rules, and participation were all in order.
"We did a lot of research, made every one of our participants sign contracts, and then everyone put in $10 once every five weeks," Allgaier said of the group's meticulous planning. "We've only spent $450 on tickets since starting the group."
Joining Cope and Allgaier in Boise in the group are Paulene Coleman, of Ogden, Candy Davis and Marty Kessler of Clinton, Curtis Sanders of Layton, Helen Frazier of Willard, Joyce Kenney of Mountain Green and Christy Snow of the base.
Many in the group plan to invest their winnings and pay down debts, Workman said. In addition, Cope, Allgaier, and Davis are planning trips to Hawaii with their winnings.
The winning ticket was sold at Thomas Market in Malad.
This is Idaho's fourth seven-figure winner since mid-June.