A group of 17 quilting friends pooled their funds to purchased a winning Cash Deluxe ticket. Their prize totals $55,000. Each member of the group will get about $2,400 after taxes.
Betty Richards, the group's leader, says they have each been donating $2 to the collective pool for scratch and lottery tickets. They began their weekly tradition five years ago.
“Our plan is to get a nice place to all live together with our husbands and do quilting,” Richards said. “For $2 a week we have had lots of laughs and many dreams about building our big house. We call it our redneck retirement plan.”
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In addition to Richards, the group includes Shirley Soucy, Carol Doyle, Marie Brewer, Anna M. Paul, Darlene Huettl, Jean Stenberg, Shari West-Twitero, Bev Peterson, Marjorie Redman, Celia Bradley, Gwynn Hansen, Rebecca Smith, Dawn Hansen, Rhonda Jenner, Darlene Geboe, and Joan Schauer.
The winning $5 Cash Deluxe ticket was purchased at the East St. Patrick Street Family Thrift in Rapid City.