Coffee-drinking buddies claim $1 million lottery prize
BY BARBARA HOBEROCK
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY — Three retired men who purchased a winning $1 million ticket in the recent record Powerball jackpot claimed their prize on Wednesday.
The winners are longtime friends Lester Belt Jr., 71, of Oologah, Johnny Hall, 71, of Collinsville, and William Webb, 81, of Collinsville.
The coffee-drinking buddies each will receive $236,667 after federal and state taxes, according to the Oklahoma Lottery Commission.
The trio and others routinely meet at Hall’s house for coffee, Belt said.
“He cooks breakfast for all these old guys,” Belt said.
At a recent meeting, Hall told Belt that he and Webb were putting in $100 each for a chance at the record Powerball drawing Nov. 29.
“I said, ‘Here. I will give you $100. Cut me in,’?” Belt said.
The three purchased 150 plays for the drawing. Powerball tickets are $2 each.
Others chose not to participate, with one telling Belt that he was wasting his money.
“They have all laughed about it,” said Belt, who is retired from the clothing business.
Read more in tomorrow's Tulsa World.
Johnny Hall (from left), Lester Belt Jr. and William Webb bought a winning $1 million Powerball ticket in Collinsville.