Show of hands, how many of you went out and purchased a Powerball ticket last month for the $550 million jackpot?
While they may not have won the grand prize, a group of Churchill residents celebrated their $51 dollar win with a giant check sent to them by the Illinois Lottery and a party.
Katra Knoernschild, of Churchhill Club, said a group of them decided to pool together and purchase several tickets for the Powerball grand prize.
“We’re always having impromptu celebrations, our neighborhood of crazy, fun, outgoing people,” said Knoernschild. “This was just another way for everyone to jump in and do something crazy.”
Norm Petersdorf was in charge of the Powerball and had 32 families enter. The group purchased multiple tickets and ended up winning $51 on one of them.
“It was never about the money,” said Knoernschild. “It was just a way to get together and have some fun.”
She contacted the Illinois Lottery and was able to get a giant check sent out to the group. She, along with fellow Churchill resident Michelle Sather, put on a party to celebrate the group’s win.
“We have a little signed trophy in the clubhouse to remind us of it,” said Knoernschild. “At the end of the day, we’re all just neighbors and we want to have some fun.”