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Lunch Ladies Share $95 Million Powerball Prize

PowerballPowerball: Lunch Ladies Share $95 Million Powerball Prize

They waited until the students got their lunch, then 15 school cooks and one janitor who each put a quarter into a lottery pool came forward Monday as the holders of a Powerball ticket worth more than $95 million.

The women started their first Monday as millionaires back on the school lunch line, where they fed the students in the tiny Holdingford School District before hopping a bus to the state lottery headquarters in Minneapolis to claim their prize.

"It was really tough to be concentrating on the meal," said winner Karen Overman. "I know there's a need for news conferences in the morning, but we've got breakfast to put out."

The school workers bought one of two winning tickets for the $190.9 million Powerball jackpot.

No one has claimed a second ticket that was sold in a small southwestern Indiana town.

The Minnesota women put a quarter from each paycheck toward four Powerball tickets a routine they have followed since 1990.

At a news conference Monday night, the smiling women said they still had not decided whether to choose the cash option, which would amount to $2.1 million apiece after taxes, or to take the money in annual payments.

Some in the group said they didn't plan on giving up their school lunch jobs just yet.

"The kids come first," Overman said of the students in the tiny school district outside of St. Cloud, in central Minnesota.

The winning numbers were 6-17-45-47-48 and Powerball 4.

The winners can take $95.45 million worth of annual payments over 30 years or $49.8 million in cash before taxes.

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Posted: October 28, 2003, 8:17 am - IP Logged

Assuming at least ONE of the 16 prefers lump sum, the ticket holders should take the cash.

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    Posted: October 28, 2003, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

    Visiondude, your 

    ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
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      Posted: October 28, 2003, 3:20 pm - IP Logged

      Minn. shows what the winners will get before and after taxes for both annuity and cash value.

      http://www.lottery.state.mn.us/pr00.html

      Luck lunch ladies.

      Megamillionaire

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      A man must consider what a rich realm he leaves when he becomes a conformist.

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        Posted: October 28, 2003, 3:49 pm - IP Logged

        It nice to see those lunch ladies getting along better than the hospital workers in N.J., the cab drivers in FL, the office workers in MA and the café workers in AL.  No one is asking if anyone forgot to put their quarter in the pool in time, that how a pool among friends and co-workers should work.

        RJOh

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          Posted: October 28, 2003, 4:33 pm - IP Logged
          Quote: Originally posted by RJOh on October 28, 2003



          It nice to see those lunch ladies getting along better than the hospital workers in N.J., the cab drivers in FL, the office workers in MA and the café workers in AL.  No one is asking if anyone forgot to put their quarter in the pool in time, that how a pool among friends and co-workers should work.

          RJOh




          What's even better the winning ticket was bought by the husband of one of the lunch ladies. He bought two tickets and gave one to the group, which they had given him the money to buy. He could have said oops I gave you the wrong ticket. Nice story I hope the lunch ladies enjoy their money.

          Megamillionaire

          Time is a wonderful teacher, but it kills all its students.

          A man must consider what a rich realm he leaves when he becomes a conformist.