PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - A total of 11 people from Paducah city schools will split a $1 million Powerball prize, according to Kentucky Lottery officials.
The winners were a collection of teachers, aides, and other staff members with Paducah's Head Start program at McNabb Elementary School, according to winner Katie Hollowell. The group calls themselves the "Tiny Tornadoes."
Staff members who had not played together prior to Wednesday's Powerball drawing, each kicked in $5. They got 27 quick pick tickets.
Hollowell said the winning ticket was bought at Smoke Shop on 8th Street.
According to the Kentucky Lottery, after Wednesday's drawing, group member Angel Lawrence checked their numbers from copies she'd made of their tickets. After finding the winning numbers on Twitter, she and her daughter saw they had a $1 million winner.
Angel then called group member Tracy Leonard with the news, once they realized the tickets were at school in Tracy's desk.
They then called and woke up the school's principal, who met them at school that night so they could get the tickets.
When the arrived at work on Thursday morning, the remaining group members realized they had won.
"It was emotional when they talked about what each of them were going to do with the drawings," Tracy Leonard said. "Most of the members will pay off debt."
Angel Lawrence told lottery officials that many of the group were always helping other people and that she's thrilled this happened to them.
The Kentucky Lottery reports that means their winning Powerball ticket matched all five white ball numbers. After taxes, each person will receive about $62,727.
Additionally, two other $1 million tickets were sold in Hazard and Walton, Ky.
Lottery players in Benton, Mt. Sterling, Harrodsburg, and Florence bought $50,000 winning tickets. According to the Kentucky Lottery, that means they were able to match four of the five white ball winning numbers and the Powerball.
The winning numbers in Wednesday night's drawing worth $1.6 billion were 8-27-34-4-19, and the Powerball was 10. Three tickets sold in Tennessee, Florida and California matched all the numbers. The ticket holders will split the grand prize.