All Fired Up: Missouri Firefighters Cashed in for $50,000


A group of 15 firefighters pooled their dollars for a chance to win the record-breaking $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot on Jan. 13.

They didn’t score the jackpot prize, but the four white-ball numbers they matched, along with the Powerball, were enough to bring home a $50,000 prize.

The news also warranted some wake-up calls among the new winners.

Yeah, we had to wake a few people up, laughed Dan Utt, who spoke on behalf of the group. There’s a solid core of us that buy tickets when the jackpot gets up there a couple hundred million.

Plans for individual winnings vary among the firefighters, but Utt said the win came at a good time for many of them, while also serving as a much needed pick-me-up for the group.

Somebody’s getting married, one just got engaged, he shared. And some have been injured.

He pointed to a fire that claimed the lives of two firefighters from another station in Kansas City on Oct. 12. Fire Station 23 was second on the scene of that fire.

We lost a couple of our brothers that day, he said. And virtually everyone who was in on this ticket was at that fire.


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