• Group of Steelers match 4 of 5 numbers on Powerball ticket, narrowly miss out on jackpot


    PITTSBURGH - Four Pittsburgh Steelers came closer than most people did Wednesday night to winning the record $579.9 million jackpot

    Steelers Drew Butler, Casey Hampton, Shaun Suisham and Greg Warren each threw in $50 and bought $200 worth of tickets for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing.

    Butler, who said the four sit near each other in the locker room, held onto the tickets and checked them as the numbers were drawn.

    “I stayed up last night to watch the lotto drawing. I kind of searched through a couple of tickets and I saw that I had four on one ticket, but I didn’t really know what that meant. I thought it was going to be worth a little bit more, but it was only $100,” Butler said.

    One of their tickets correctly matched four of the five numbers, not including the Powerball. They matched 05-16-23-29, and only missed 22. The ticket is worth $100.

    On all of their $200 worth of tickets, the guys won a total of $100.

    “We got half our money back, so it’s losing but it’s a cool story because I’m pretty sure it’s about 1 in 20,000 to get those four numbers,” Butler said.

    When asked if he would have been at practice Thursday had they won, Butler said, “Yes, for sure.”

    “Someone on Twitter told me, ‘you already hit the lottery because you play for the Steelers,’ and I couldn’t agree more,” Butler said.

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