Kentucky Middle School Employees Win the Lottery and Hide the Ticket in Math Textbook

Feb 5, 2024 | News

February 5, 2024

Today’s good news comes from Boone County in Kentucky.

A group of 30 former and current employees from Rector A. Jones Middle School in Florence, also known as “Jones 30,” is celebrating a huge victory after winning a $1 million Powerball prize.

The educators, which included retired math teachers, administrators, and special education instructors, all carpooled together to the Kentucky Lottery headquarters in Lexington on Tuesday, January 30. They burst into the lobby with cheers and proudly presented their winning tickets, safely tucked away inside a math book purchased from a Hebron, Kroger.

The retired math teacher who organized the group found the winning ticket a day after the Powerball drawing on January 27. She cleverly hid her winning ticket in a mathematics textbook, noting that “no one looks inside a math book.” I knew it would stay safe there.”

In 2019, the Jones 30 selected a set permanent Powerball numbers that were drawn by their math instructor and assistant principal. This unique tradition led to their ultimate victory.

Each winner received a prize of $24,000 each after taxes.

Some members of the group intend to invest the funds, while others plan to use them for travel or home improvements.

One winner shared, “We’ve all been on trips together, and we’ve all had babies and grandchildren over the years.” “We have so much enjoyment every time.” It’s cool to win together and share the experience.

The group said that they would continue to play the Kentucky Lottery as a fun way to keep in touch.

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