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20 co-workers to split $421M Powerball jackpot

Nov 29, 2016, 2:13 pm

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By Todd Northrop

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A group of 20 co-workers are the winners of Saturday's $421 million Powerball jackpot on a ticket sold in Tennessee.

The employees of the North American Stamping Group in Portland, Tennessee, play the lottery twice a week, buying at least 60 tickets and usually rolling any of their winnings into the next drawing. While they said they would be playing again, they aren't investing the $254.7 million lump sum this time around.

Each of the "Tennessee 20," as they quickly dubbed themselves after the big win, will take home about $12.7 million. The total revenues for North American Stamping Group were about $103 million in 2015.

One of the group said at a press conference at Tennessee Lottery headquarters that the company's president asked if all 20 would be quitting immediately. While some of the employees are indeed taking early retirement, all promised their boss they would stay on long enough to train replacements.

"This money is going to be a blessing for so many people," one of the winners said, noting that while all would be spending some on themselves, all also had charity plans for some of the cash.

And at least one of them has some auto repairs to make.

"I was on my way home (from Nashville) last night and my 'Check Engine' light came on. I don't have to get frantic about that anymore," the man said.

This is the sixth time the winning Powerball ticket was sold in Tennessee and is the 200th time a Tennessee ticket netted at least $1 million.

"All this time playing has been fun, but I never truly thought we would win," said Amy O'Neal, the group's spokesperson. "It's still sinking in, but we're having a blast."

The winners, from 13 different cities in the mid-south, primarily handle sales and quality control at North American Stamping Group, an auto parts manufacturing plant.

The lucky ticket was sold at Smokeshop, 711 Scottsville Road, Lafayette, Tenn. Owner Joyce Gregory was on-hand to receive a $25,000 selling bonus and to join Amy, a long-time loyal customer, the other winners, family members and Tennessee Lottery staff members.

Immediate plans varied — from a vacation in Italy, helping family with medical bills, sending children to college and purchasing new vehicles — but one thing was unanimous: the desire to help others.

"This group has a heart of gold," said Steve Huffman, who lives in Macon County. "They always have and they always will."

The prize is the second-largest in Tennessee Lottery history. In January, a family from Mumford won $528 million, splitting the record $1.58 billion jackpot with winners from California and Florida.

Tennessee Powerball winners

Saturday's Powerball jackpot win is the sixth time a player from Tennessee has won. The previous winners are:

  • $528.8 million jackpot won by a Munford family in January 2016, who split the $1.58 billion world-record jackpot with winners in two other states.
  • $259.8 million prize won in Knoxville, June 2014
  • $144.1 million prize won in Antioch in November 2015
  • $50 million won in Knox County, March 2015
  • $25.5 million won in South Pittsburgh, March 2005 

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l love it. Come to think of it,  l did throw out the suggestion of whether it's a good idea to join a pool or not for that particular jackpot.  At least these guys were listening. .Big Smile

 Enjoy your reward folks- you earned it. 

 * Voice of Reason *   

 

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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    I am so happy for the winners I had a feeling it was more than one winner this time and look at that 20 winners what a blessing for all of them.

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      Tennessee 20 ? why not the Tenny twenny ?

      @ any rate...or any name I'm glad to see a pool won.

       

      BTW, check engine light on ?

      1st thing to check is see if your gas cap is on correctly, and if not, after correcting it

      drive the car to let the computer reset...before getting frantic.

      Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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        20 winners?  That's really cool.  I'd be more than happy with 12.7 million take home.

        Never give up.  Banana

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          Tennessee 20 ? why not the Tenny twenny ?

          @ any rate...or any name I'm glad to see a pool won.

           

          BTW, check engine light on ?

          1st thing to check is see if your gas cap is on correctly, and if not, after correcting it

          drive the car to let the computer reset...before getting frantic.

          Hey Local s jersian.  I just tried to inbox you with that funny name.  Your inbox is full.  I don't know if we met on here yet but nice to meet you.

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            Wow and they claimed that prize really fast. 

             

            Very interesting and I guess if that is what they want to help boom their economy yes.  Good reference I will say.   Great terms with their company person so that is cool.

             

            I wonder if they had a backup plan with the money coming into them.  In other words lawyer,  accountant, financial advisor.  I don't like to hear that someone screwed something up.  If you all know what I mean.

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              Yes, OK. To find out that 20 persons will actually take part in the win is a lot less of a bummer
              (that I didn't win anything).

              Previously, I had posted about how bummed out I was that I didn't win a dime
              (actually, I  won 2 bucks), but that
              there was only one jackpot winner. I knew better - that 1 ticket could represent many people.  I used to manage a small lotto pool, myself, where I used to work.

              OK, I'm happy for them. 

              (I'm still generally bummed, like I always am, at the end of a large drawing,
              which I somehow ALWAYS seem to know ahead of time, that I'm not a winner.)

              • Don't chase the numbers you play.
              • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
              • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                         (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
              • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
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                .

                Yes, OK. To find out that 20 persons will actually take part in the win is a lot less of a bummer
                (that I didn't win anything).

                Previously, I had posted about how bummed out I was that I didn't win a dime
                (actually, I  won 2 bucks), but that
                there was only one jackpot winner. I knew better - that 1 ticket could represent many people.  I used to manage a small lotto pool, myself, where I used to work.

                OK, I'm happy for them. 

                (I'm still generally bummed, like I always am, at the end of a large drawing,
                which I somehow ALWAYS seem to know ahead of time, that I'm not a winner.)

                Groppo... You won two bucks more than I did.

                Never give up.  Banana

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                  20 winners?  That's really cool.  I'd be more than happy with 12.7 million take home.

                  .

                  Yes. It would be more than enough for me, as well.

                  A very nice house, somewhere in Californy,

                  Harley  (Though I recently bought a bike. And it's not a Harley, but I love it.),

                  A Porsche to race, AND a daily driver

                  A couple donations

                  • Don't chase the numbers you play.
                  • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
                  • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                             (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
                  • Oh, but always know where your tickets are, as well as your ticket's deadline.
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                    Congratulations to the lucky winners......

                    I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                      What an awesome story!!  I wish them all a very Merry Christmas!!  Congratulations!

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                        Congratulations to the lucky winners......

                        I Agree!  Good to see a group win. US Flag

                         "We are all in this together!" 

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                          the real jackpot is being able to afford your dreams and share them with your
                          friends, living life for all its worth!
                          Congrats to all the winners!

                          "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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                            Glad to hear that a large group get to split that jackpot. $12 million take home isn't bad at all!

                            Never attempt to maintain a lifestyle you can't afford.