When six coworkers of Kao USA in Cincinnati, OH decided to pool their money together for a chance to win the world's largest Mega Millions jackpot, they never imagined that when they did win a prize that no one would believe them.
Several in the group discovered they had matched the first five white ball numbers and not the Mega Ball, winning the game's second prize of $250,000 from the March 30 drawing.
"Everyone began texting and emailing each other the news," said Paige Robinson who was out with her husband and friends at the time when she received a text from coworker Jennifer O'Shea of Fairfield, OH. "I thought it said we'd won $250 when I looked at it the first time. Then I saw more zeroes," Robinson said.
Since it was a around midnight just following the drawing when they began sharing their news they said it seemed everyone they would tell about their big win wouldn't believe it. "Everyone thought we were playing an April Fools' joke on them," they said.
When Patrick Trent of Cincinnati, OH got the news he said he started running up and down the halls yelling. "I just exploded," he told lottery officials.
Roy Horton of Covington bought the tickets at The Grocery Bag in Taylor Mill for the group. Each person put in money for the drawing on March 30. Greg Hopkins of Cincinnati was late getting in the group and is very glad he did.
The group waited to claim their winning ticket until Jason Gillispie of Florence returned from vacation. They all came to lottery headquarters in Louisville yesterday afternoon to receive their checks.
They say it has been so much fun winning in a group that they will continue to play together when the jackpots get high but until then they will buy tickets on their own.
There were a total of four $250,000 Mega Millions tickets sold in Kentucky for the March 30, 2012 drawing.