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Michigan workers claim Mega Millions, Powerball lottery jackpots

Jun 29, 2010, 8:39 am

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Call it a jackpot bonanza.

Factory workers in Detroit and Kalamazoo are winners of multimillion-dollar lottery prizes.

Fourteen workers — called the "Lucky 13 Plus One" lottery club — at the Chrysler plant in Detroit that makes the Dodge Viper will share in last week's $96.6 million Powerball pot, while five workers at a Kalamazoo factory will share $36 million in the Mega Millions drawing.

"Bells and whistles went off," said William Shanteau, when he took the winning ticket to Shirley's Carryout in Curtice, Ohio, to verify the winning numbers. Shanteau told Ohio lottery officials he had a dream the night before the drawing about winning the big prize.

Shanteau, who lives in Curtice, is the group's "Plus One" member. The rest of the winners, who all work in the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly paint shop, are from the Detroit area.

They are, according to Ohio Lottery officials, Phyllis L. Adams of Southfield, Kevin B. Bostic of Ypsilanti, Leonard Daddario of Trenton, Ignazio Giambra of Dearborn, Christopher Jackson of Redford Township, James J. Jones of Troy, Robert S. King of Monroe, Daynalynn Lesniak-Hertel of Imlay City, Billy McGill of Flat Rock, Roy L. Rutledge of Dryden, and April Sparks-Griffin, Audra Knight and Gerald Thompson, all of Detroit.

Giambra wouldn't comment beyond saying they wanted to keep the news private. Attempts to reach the other winners were unsuccessful.

Each will get a lump-sum payment of $1.2 million. The jackpot had two winning tickets, with the other one sold in Montana.

The Ohio Lottery expects at least two of the winners to be at a news conference Thursday.

The Powerball win is Ohio's second since joining the game April 16.

The five Kalamazoo factory workers came forward Monday in Lansing to claim their winnings and receive a ceremonial oversized check.

"We're still in shock," said group spokesman Bernard Thelen, 51, of Portage. "We're planning on paying off our debts and getting into a good financial spot."

The winners are part of the RRRLB Lottery Club and will split $23.3 million after state and federal taxes. The name of the club is the first letters of each of their names: Rick, Randy, Randy, Larry and Bernard.

The group played the lottery together for about three years before landing their big win, according to Thelen. The largest win for the group previously had been $150.

The other members of the club withheld their last names and they wouldn't reveal the name of their employer.

The group bought its ticket at One Stop Mart on Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo. The store gets a $50,000 commission.

The $36 million Mega Millions jackpot claimed today rolled over four times before hitting June 11. Michigan's last Mega Millions jackpot was won in October 2008.

Forty-two states participate in the Mega Millions game, with drawings Tuesdays and Fridays.

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Ignazio Giambra had no comment for the reporter because he said he wanted to keep the news private. LOL!

He's either got a great sense of humor or he's nuttier than tiggs.

Glad to see some regular guys win though.

    HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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    "Factory workers in Detroit and Kalamazoo are winners of multi-million-dollar lottery prizes."

    Congratulations to all of the factory working MegaMillions and Powerball jackpot winners!!!

    ** Appears the smaller after-tax net jackpot pooled winners in Detroit won't be able to retire, yet those fewer pooled winners in Kalamazoo will!  It's a bad idea to join BIG lottery pools! **

    Party

    Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

    Disney

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      Congratulations to them on winning the jackpot.

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        Congrats to all that won...so does this mean the production of the viper will not make shipment for a while?lolThumbs Up

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          Congratulations to each and every one of them!  PartyPartyPartyParty

          Have fun and the best of luck to everyone! Sun Smiley

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            Shanteau told Ohio Lottery Officials, he had a dream the night before the drawing about winning the Big Prize.....

            Gosh!! How many of us have had that same dream?

            Congratulations to the bunch of them.

            Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

            Come on Jackpot!!!

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              Ignazio Giambra had no comment for the reporter because he said he wanted to keep the news private. LOL!

              He's either got a great sense of humor or he's nuttier than tiggs.

              Glad to see some regular guys win though.

              Glad to see that regular guys won too.

               

              I thought that in Ohio you could claim anonymously though??????

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                Congrats to all that won...so does this mean the production of the viper will not make shipment for a while?lolThumbs Up

                You could take your comment 2 ways...

                1.) They all quit or take a big vacation

                or

                2.) They each buy a Viper right off the factory, holding up any dealer deliveries

                 

                 

                Considering that Chrysler may kill or sell off the Viper, who knows.

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                  Job well done , congratulations to all the winners.Party

                  Happy National Piercing Day! Scared

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                    Ignazio Giambra had no comment for the reporter because he said he wanted to keep the news private. LOL!

                    He's either got a great sense of humor or he's nuttier than tiggs.

                    Glad to see some regular guys win though.

                    Does jrosina know how you feel about tiggs??..tiggs only hopes the next winner out of Michigan is sully and the next winner out of Ky is tiggs and the next winner out of Tn..pffffff...

                    Congrats to the Michigan winners..

                      sully16's avatar - sharan
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                      Does jrosina know how you feel about tiggs??..tiggs only hopes the next winner out of Michigan is sully and the next winner out of Ky is tiggs and the next winner out of Tn..pffffff...

                      Congrats to the Michigan winners..

                      I like the way you think.,

                      Happy National Piercing Day! Scared


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                        Shanteau told Ohio Lottery Officials, he had a dream the night before the drawing about winning the Big Prize.....

                        Gosh!! How many of us have had that same dream?

                        Congratulations to the bunch of them.

                        I Agree!I dream it every time I play the Mega Mill or the Powerball yehhhhhhh! congrat to the Mich and Ohio winners.Dance

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                          Congrats to the winners.  My time is next.  Hopefully this friday and this saturday.  Good luck to everybody!-weshar75


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                            Good for them! If they buy a Viper, it could be job security!

                            DD