I'd also see what the state tax, lottery and other laws are. This came up, hypothetically of course, since 28 of us pooled and bought Powerball tickets for the big drawing last week. We wondered HOW the tax thing would be handled. So one of us did some research, and in our state, NJ, taxes are taken off the top, and then each winner receives the necesary tax form. So if for example, 28 million was the tax (and i'm using this number to make it easy) had we won, each one us would have received something that said our own personal tax liablity would be 1M each.
But since this is a much smaller amount, not sure how that would work. If possible, i think they should request separate checks.