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Oh so close … 4 Steelers almost win the Powerball


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Sure, if you are a professional football player in the NFL, you aren’t hurting for money.

Still, that didn’t stop a quartet of Steelers for going after the MegaMillions on Wednesday.

Long snapper Greg Warren, punter Drew Butler, kicker Shaun Suisham and nose tackle Casey Hampton (all of who have lockers next to each other) threw $50 each in the kitty and purchased 100 Powerball tickets for Wednesday’s drawing.

The grand prize: $587.5 million.

And how close did they come to cashing in on the jackpot?

Well, One of their tickets had four correct numbers – 5, 16, 23, 29 – worth $105. One more number would’ve resulted in $1 million.

“It is losing, but I am pretty sure it is a cool story because to get those four numbers is like 1 in 20,000 odds,” Butler said.

Get this though: The ticket that had the four winning numbers was packaged with four other tickets. And you guessed it, one other ticket had the missing “22” and the Powerball “6” numbers on it.

“It was close,” Butler said.

Butler, who makes the minimum $390,000 said that he wouldn’t have quit his job as the Steelers punter if he would’ve won the jackpot.

“Somebody hit me up on Twitter last night and told me I already hit the lottery because I am playing for the Steelers and I couldn’t agree more,” Butler said. “I would take (the money) and still be playing.”

By the way, Warren makes $825,000, Suisham $1.35 million and Hampton $2.8 million, but surely their cut of $587.5 million would’ve been put to good use somewhere as well.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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