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Record Powerball lottery jackpot claimed by 8 meat plant workers

PowerballPowerball: Record Powerball lottery jackpot claimed by 8 meat plant workers

The record $365 million Powerball jackpot has been claimed by a group of eight workers from a Nebraska meat processing plant.

They all work at a ConAgra ham processing plant near the U Stop convenience store where they bought the winning ticket.

It was the biggest jackpot on record for any lottery in the United States.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday were 15, 17, 43, 44 and 48, with a Powerball number of 29, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association of Des Moines, Iowa, which runs the game for the participating states.

They had the option of taking the money in one lump sum or installments over 30 years.

They chose the cash option.

The cash option gives them $177.3 million, or $124.1 million after taxes. On the installment plan, the first payment would have been $6,507,986 after taxes.

The pre-tax haul on the cash option for the group of eight would be $22,162,500. After taxes it amounts to $15.5 million each.

The eight workers' names: Quang Dao, 56; David Gehle, 53; Alain Maboussou, 26; Chasity Rutjens, 29; Robert Stewart, 30; Michael Terpstra, 47; Dung Tran, 34; and Eric Zornes, 40.

The previous U.S. lottery jackpot record was $363 million for the Big Game, the forerunner of Mega Millions. That was won by two ticketholders in Illinois and Michigan in 2000. Powerball's previous record jackpot, $340 million, was won by an Oregon family in October.

Powerball is played in 28 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The winners met the public Wednesday morning at a news conference at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, which is just around the corner from lottery headquarters in downtown Lincoln. Seven men and one woman pooled their money to buy the ticket.

Eight workers at a Nebraska meat processing plant have claimed the record $365 million Powerball jackpot. The seven men and one woman were introduced by Gov. Dave Heineman in Lincoln, Nebraska. They held the only ticket matching the winning numbers sold at a U-Stop convenience store in Lincoln, lottery officials said.Three of the newly-minted millionaires showed up at the news conference after working their overnight shift at local ConAgra food processing plant Cook's Food. The mood was jovial at the news conference.

Tran said he was a refugee when he arrived in the United States from Vietnam 16 years ago. He said he's been in Lincoln with his wife and children the whole time. Tran said he learned that he was a winner at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he called in on the Powerball hotline to learn the winning numbers. He said he tried to call his fellow winner, "but they were sleeping."

Tran wouldn't say where he hid the winning ticket until he could secure it.

"I hid it somewhere," he said, which made the gathered crowd roar.

Stewart said he isn't sure what he'll do with the money, but he's thinking strongly about quitting his job. He said he's only spent about $30 since he joined the pool of Powerball ticket buyers.

"I don't think any of us have had much sleep. We've been on the run," Stewart said, adding that they never left town.

The group choose the one-time $124.1 million lump sum option, and each took a check for $22.1 million home.

Lottery officials present the new millionaires with an oversize check for $365 million Wednesday.Zornes, who said he's been part of the Powerball pool for five years, said he has been retired for about four days from Cook's. Before that, he said, he was a second-shift maintenance mechanic, and processed hams and corned beef.

"I probably can't say the words here," Zornes said, asked what he said when he learned he was a winner. "It was party time."

Zornes said it has been a struggle to iron things out among the winners, and they've spent a lot of time avoiding the media, though, "We probably ate breakfast with some of you," Zornes said, taunting the gathered national journalists that have been tracking the winners since Saturday.

The group's attorney said he took a call from one of the winners, and all the caller would say it that he needed an agreement drawn up. He said it was hard to keep the secret once he knew that he was representing the Powerball winners.

Second Prize

Some lottery employees have worked 17-hour days since the numbers were drawn.

Seventeen co-workers from Intel Corporation in Rio Rancho, N.M., have come forward to claim the second prize from Saturday's record Powerball drawing.

The 17 are dividing a prize worth $667,142.

The normal Powerball second prize is $200,000 for matching five white balls but missing the red Powerball. When Powerball jackpots set records -- such as Saturday's $365 million prize -- a separate prize pool grows for second-prize winners.

In all, there were 42 second-prize winners across the country.

Each of the 17 workers put $5 in the office pool and received $39,243. After federal and state withholding taxes, each will take home $27,078.

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Posted: February 22, 2006, 11:50 am - IP Logged

Man, that money can buy a lot of hot dogs !!!!!

 

                               

              

 

 

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    Congrats to the group. I wonder if Long John Silver's will still want them now?! Crazy

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      Congrats to the group. I wonder if Long John Silver's will still want them now?! Crazy

      I can see it now-- The first L J S commercial : 

      "We used to make hot dogs and sausages, but since we won the powerball, we have moved all the way up to fish sticks and popcorn shrimp ".

      MMMMMM good !!!

       

                                     

                    

       

       


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        Posted: February 22, 2006, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

        I wish I was 26 and retiring!

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          Congrats to the group. I wonder if Long John Silver's will still want them now?! Crazy

          I can see it now-- The first L J S commercial : 

          "We used to make hot dogs and sausages, but since we won the powerball, we have moved all the way up to fish sticks and popcorn shrimp ".

          MMMMMM good !!!

          HAPPY WEDNESDAY..."DD"

          as usual.....lolololololoololol.....(LMAO)........you need to stop.......lololololololool

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            Posted: February 22, 2006, 1:03 pm - IP Logged

            My advise to the winners is BUY AN ANNUITY.  Some of these guys are young and buying an annuit will ensure that the money lasts, it will also give them an excuse to tell friends who want to mooch off them... "Sorry but I only get a couple hundred grand a year and I need that to pay my bills."  Good Luck Guys (and Girl).

             

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              Posted: February 22, 2006, 1:13 pm - IP Logged

                Party        Congratulations to them all!!  Good for them!!  Party

              Good luck to everyone!


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                Posted: February 22, 2006, 1:14 pm - IP Logged

                My advise to the winners is BUY AN ANNUITY.  Some of these guys are young and buying an annuit will ensure that the money lasts, it will also give them an excuse to tell friends who want to mooch off them... "Sorry but I only get a couple hundred grand a year and I need that to pay my bills."  Good Luck Guys (and Girl).

                 

                But they were correct in choosing cash. I don't think they could have split cash and annuity.

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                  Posted: February 22, 2006, 1:14 pm - IP Logged

                  My advise to the winners is BUY AN ANNUITY.  Some of these guys are young and buying an annuit will ensure that the money lasts, it will also give them an excuse to tell friends who want to mooch off them... "Sorry but I only get a couple hundred grand a year and I need that to pay my bills."  Good Luck Guys (and Girl).

                   

                  2/22/06

                  HAPPY WEDNESDAY "TONY"

                  If any of them acquired a good Financail Advisor or Atty...they would all do well to put their indiviual monies in Trust Funds.......The best control in the World is really the Financial Trusts.

                  You sit w/ them, and they help you arrange how much you invest, and how much you spend each month, it will even pay all your bills and taxes for you........you cannot go broke that way.....If I should ever win, I will put everyting in a Financial Trust.

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                    Posted: February 22, 2006, 1:15 pm - IP Logged

                    My first question: What was with the sunglasses?

                    Glad to finally find out who won the prize, especially touching for the ones who made a new life when they came to the US. My friend was watching the conference and said that to her, a couple of the guys in the sunglasses seemed a little full of themselves in front of the press. Hopefully we won't have another Jack to deal with. Congrats to all :)

                    There's always again!

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                      I wish I was 26 and retiring!

                      Hell, I just wish I was 26!

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                        Posted: February 22, 2006, 1:21 pm - IP Logged

                        My advise to the winners is BUY AN ANNUITY.  Some of these guys are young and buying an annuit will ensure that the money lasts, it will also give them an excuse to tell friends who want to mooch off them... "Sorry but I only get a couple hundred grand a year and I need that to pay my bills."  Good Luck Guys (and Girl).

                         

                        ADDENDUM:

                        I think we all know, who among our Relatives & Friends really needs help, and for what reasons.

                        I would help out certain people. To have so much, and not reach out to those who are really in need, is in my opinion, cold and callous.  Even it it were only helping with  School Tuitions, Book and Lab Fees, even housing, I would do whatever I could.

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                          Posted: February 22, 2006, 1:30 pm - IP Logged

                          My advise to the winners is BUY AN ANNUITY.  Some of these guys are young and buying an annuit will ensure that the money lasts, it will also give them an excuse to tell friends who want to mooch off them... "Sorry but I only get a couple hundred grand a year and I need that to pay my bills."  Good Luck Guys (and Girl).

                           

                          But they were correct in choosing cash. I don't think they could have split cash and annuity.

                          Yeah, probably not... I am not sure buying an annuity would be the best thing after the fact either since you dont get the deferred tax benefit.  So invest and tell everyone it's tied up in an annuity.  365 million is a lot to blow, 15 million can be squandered pretty easily.

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                            I wish I was 26 and retiring!

                            I wish I was just 26!Banana