FedEx Employees Known as the “Purple Eight” Team Up to Win $2 Million Powerball Prize :: WRAL.com

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A group of eight FedEx employees teamed up to win Monday night’s $2 million Powerball draw.

The group is known as “The Purple Eight” and they work together at FedEx in Hope Mills.

“Lately I’ve been dreaming that the winning ticket would be sold in Fayetteville,” said Michael Walker of Raeford, a spokesperson for the group. “So I bought at least one ticket to Fayetteville for every drawing.”

The group has been buying lottery tickets for years.

Walker’s dreams came true when the group’s winning ticket came from the Harris Teeter on Raeford Road in Fayetteville.

“It was a shock,” Walker said. “My girlfriend ran into the garden screaming and screaming.”

The winning $3 Power Play ticket matched the numbers on all five white balls in Monday’s draw, which doubled the prize for the group to $2 million. After taxes, each worker brings in about $177,525.

Besides Walker, the winners were Robert Peterson III of Fayetteville, Phillip Freeman of Rowland, Derick Hunt of Lumberton, John Oxendine of Lumberton, Catherine Simpson of Raeford, Tharp Bordeaux of Elizabethtown and Mickey Sessoms of Marston.

The recent Powerball spin ended Wednesday night after an Arizona ticket hit the $473 million jackpot. Saturday’s Powerball draw offers a jackpot of $20 million, or $12 million in cash. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

Powerball is one of four lottery games in North Carolina where players have the option of purchasing their tickets at a retail outlet or with online play through the lottery’s website or with the official mobile app of the NC lottery. The other games are Mega Millions, Lucky For Life and Carolina Cash 5.

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