By Ed Runyan
David Lough of Warren says the roughly $8,300 he and 29 co-workers each won in the May 4 Mega Millions drawing paid for “new carpet and new tires on the truck.”
But Lough, a shipping and receiving worker at the Champion Technical Center on Research Parkway, says May 4 wasn’t the only time he has won money from the Ohio Lottery Commission.
During a three-week period two years ago, Lough won $30,000 by playing scratch-off tickets, including a $20,000 winner, he said.
Lough estimates that he is “definitely ahead” in total winnings compared with his cost since he started playing the lottery.
On May 4, Lough, his brother, Darryl Lough, also of Warren, and 29 other workers at the technical center shared in the Mega Millions by matching all five numbers but not connecting on the Mega Ball number, which was 38. Their number was 32.
One winner from Illinois won the Mega Millions Jackpot May 4 and had the option of getting $86.6 million in cash or a $118 million annuity. Lough estimates that if his group would have hit that, each would have gotten about $3 million.
What they did win was $250,000. It is worth $172,500 after mandatory federal and state taxes were taken out. Lough says that works out to $8,315 each.
The group bought its winning ticket at Garfield Convenient Mart., 270 Garfield Drive NE in Warren. The store receives a $1,000 agent sales bonus.
The members of the group are Ray D. Arkwright of Vienna, Susan J. Carey of Warren, Doug DeCiancio of Warren, Jeff Hathaway of Warren, Karl Martin of Burghill, Sean McAdams of Sharpsville, Pa., Josh Nutter of Youngstown, Adam Rising of Cortland, Luis Rivera of Youngstown, Brian Rudd of Warren, Joseph Sanetrick of Canfield, Charles Shipton of Farrell, Pa., Roger H. Smith of Hubbard, Steven J. Santiago of Campbell, Joseph Sudik Jr. of Niles, Daniel Scheidegger of Burghill, Roberta C. Taylor of Niles, and Jeremy W. Williams of Girard.
Lough said many of his fellow winners are technicians who test wiring harnesses at the technical center.