(PIERRE) - A group of 17 quilting friends pieced together funds and won a $55,000 Cash Deluxe scratch ticket prize. The group members weekly pool $2 each to purchase scratch and lotto tickets. Each member will receive $2,426 after taxes.
The group’s leader, Betty Richards, said the group started buying tickets together five years ago and hopes to build a large retirement home if it wins big.
“Our plan is to get a nice place to all live together with our husbands and do quilting,” Richards said. “For $2 a week we have had lots of laughs and many dreams about building our big house. We call it our redneck retirement plan.”
In addition to Richards, the group includes Shirley Soucy, Carol Doyle, Marie Brewer, Anna M. Paul, Darlene Huettl, Jean Stenberg, Shari West-Twitero, Bev Peterson, Marjorie Redman, Celia Bradley, Gwynn Hansen, Rebecca Smith, Dawn Hansen, Rhonda Jenner, Darlene Geboe, and Joan Schauer.
The winning $5 Cash Deluxe ticket was purchased at the Family Thrift Eastside in Rapid City. There is still one top prize remaining in the game. Scratch ticket top prizes range from $500 to $350,000.