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40 DRIVERS AT COLONIE TRUCKING COMPANY SPLIT $1,000,000 POWERBALL SECOND PRIZE
March 26, 2016
Truck Driver Kenneth Shumway of Colonie decided to buy a ticket for the January 9 Powerball drawing and then asked his fellow drivers if they wanted in. It was the first time the co-workers had ever pooled their money together to buy Lottery tickets. 
 
“I think some of them knew I was pretty lucky on the scratch-offs so they wanted in. Others just wanted a shot at something that big,” Shumway said. 
 
Shumway threw in $5 and then collected the same from 39 other drivers. He purchased 100 tickets from the Stewart’s Shop at 2931 Route 9 in Valatie and then left photocopies of the tickets in the common area at work along with a list of everyone who contributed. 
 
Shumway used his laptop to check the winning numbers for that night’s drawing, which were: 16 – 19 – 32 – 34 – 57 and Powerball 13. 
 
“I looked for the Powerball number first and only had it in a couple of places. I started checking the other numbers and there they were on the second ticket I looked at; we had all of the first five numbers.” 
 
Shumway said after realizing the ticket was worth $1,000,000, his wife put it in a plastic bag and hid it in a sack of flour until the two could transfer it to a safety deposit box. 
 
Before claiming the prize, the 40 winners opted to form a Limited Liability Corporation to make disbursing the prize money easier. In addition to Shumway, the 35 men and four women who comprise the 40 Winners LLC include: 
 
  • David Ackerman of Scotia 
  • William Anderson III of Fonda 
  • Steven Bailey of Amsterdam 
  • Frank Barrera of Albany 
  • Anthony Bidmead of Corinth 
  • Timothy Blake of Nassau 
  • Clarence Brady of Watervliet 
  • Peter Cahill of Edinburg 
  • William Chard of Latham 
  • Donald Cordell of Waterford 
  • Andre Dawson of Albany 
  • Steven Devlin of Cohoes 
  • Andrew DiSalvo of Ravena 
  • Amy Dollard of Hannacroix 
  • Paul Dromazos of Menands 
  • Gerald Edwards, Jr. of Rotterdam 
  • Mark Fontana of Troy 
  • Dave Fresn of Glenville 
  • George Germain II of Amsterdam 
  • Paul Gillam of Green Island 
  • Jeffrey Jarvis of Schaghticoke 
  • Richard Lazorischak of Niskayuna 
  • Bradley Lincoln of Albany 
  • Gustavo Marte of Niskayuna 
  • Matthew McGivney of Loudonville 
  • Kenneth Miller of Watervliet 
  • Ronald Nichols, Jr. of Watervliet 
  • David Norris, Jr. of Schenectady 
  • Crystal Paige of Schenectady 
  • Carole Pappalau of Ballston Spa 
  • Mitchell Passino of Amsterdam 
  • Leigh Ann Peckham of Troy 
  • Gregory Pelletier of Latham 
  • Frederick Pirie of Hoosick Falls 
  • Luciano Ramirez of Schenectady 
  • Zuleika Ramos of Albany 
  • Thomas Russell of Melrose 
  • Joseph Thornton of Cropseyville 
  • John Weaver of Mechanicville 
Each member of the group will share the $661,800 net prize. 
 
Shumway said he is not aware of his co-workers plans for their share of the prize, but he has already put his plans into action. 
 
“I already cleared away the trees in my backyard to make room for a pool,” he said adding, “It was the best $5 I ever spent.” 
 
The New York Lottery contributed $42,954,906 in Lottery Aid To Education to school districts in Albany County during fiscal year 2014-15. Information on Lottery Aid To Education contributions made to other school districts may be found at http://goo.gl/i1fwjK. 
 
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