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Ganado residents win $250,000 in Mega Millions lottery

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
April 2, 2012 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.

Twelve Ganado residents each spent $100 and won $250,000 in last week's Mega Million lottery drawing. Shown are, front, from left, Shannon Ledwick, Heath Bures, Brittany Bures, Blake Petrash, Clay Green, Carol Sulak; back, from left, James Hicks, Norman Hurt, Bryan Hurt, Kevin Petrash,  Josh Green and Jamie Bures. Each will receive almost $21,000.

Bryan Hurt was all smiles Monday, as he joined 11 friends and family members at the Victoria Lottery Claim Office to pick up a $250,000 pay-out.

A few days earlier, Hurt encouraged the winning group - which includes Ganado residents, Hurt, Shannon Ledwik, Heath and Brittany Bures, Blake Petrash, Clay Green, Carol Sulak, Josh Green, Jamie Bures, Kevin Petrash, Norman Hurt and James Hicks - to gamble $100 each for a chance of taking home a piece of the $656 million, Mega Millions lottery winnings.

Hurt said he first asked his friend and co-worker Blake Petrash, of Hurt's Wastewater Management, if he would be interested in purchasing 100 "quick picks" tickets at Conner's Corner Store in Ganado.

"Word just kinda spread after that, and others got in on it," Hurt, 33, said. "We all knew each other."

Quick Picks were tickets that all six numbers of the Mega Millions lottery computer picked, and the winning numbers were announced at the drawing Friday night in Atlanta.

On Saturday, about 11 a.m., Petrash, 27, and Jamie Bures, 33, learned there was a winning ticket that was purchased at Conner's Corner Store, and they visited the store to see if they were holding a winning ticket.

"After going through about 30 or 40 tickets, we saw it," Petrash said. "We bought 1,200 tickets from there, so I knew we had a pretty good chance."

The group had indeed purchased the golden ticket - winning a combined total of $250,000, divided by 12 people - which means the individual cut amounted $20,833 per person before taxes.

"It costs $100 to fill up your gas tank these days, so it wasn't a big deal," said Heath Bures.

"Yeah, we settled on $100 because it keeps the riff raff out," Hurt laughed.

Hurt said the response from the Ganado community has been overwhelmingly positive, with a large number of people asking why they didn't get an invitation to buy tickets.

"Because then we'd each only get a dollar," lottery winner, James Hicks, chuckled.

Although the group said there are no immediate plans to splurge, the money will be put to good use. Kevin Petrash plans to tithe a portion of the funds, and the majority of the winners said they're going to keep the money.

"We're kind of boring, I guess," lottery winner, Clay Green, added.

"I'm going to give it to my wife," Hurt laughed.



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