Workers Win $420M Powerball Jackpot
There are many ways a person can increase their chances of hitting the jackpot. The more tickets you buy, the greater your odds, but there’s one thing stopping people from being able to do that most of the time: lack of money for lottery tickets. One of the ways people increase their odds is by pooling their money together with friends and creating a lottery syndicate. This group of twenty co-workers did just that and won the $420 million Powerball jackpot.
The lucky winning syndicate team is a group of 20 employees who work at a Tennessee metal manufacturing plant. They will all be equally sharing the $420.9 million jackpot. Lottery officials from the state announced that the workers from ‘North American Stamping Group’, in Portland, were so overjoyed to hear about their windfall.
The winners can either decide to accept their winnings as a cash lump sum or as an annuity. Most people would choose the cash option. After state and federal withholdings have been applied to the jackpot, the team will walk away with $254 million. That means that each team member will receive an astonishing $12.7 million, before taxes, of course.
“You never think you’re going to actually win this lottery. You just do it for fun and it’s nice to dream and keep any kind of hope for a better alive in the workplace,” said Amy O’Neal, one of the winners.
The Powerball syndicate has a name. The members called themselves, “The Tennessee 20”. They’ve been playing the lottery together for over eight years. They all consider each other family. Amy O’Neal buys $120 worth of Powerball lottery tickets every Wednesday and Saturday for the Powerball draws. At the Tennessee lottery headquarters, upon collecting their check, emotions were running high. Amy O’Neal was hugging a team member and crying with happiness.
Amy was the one who bought their winning ticket for Saturday’s drawing. She bought it from a Smoke Shop in Lafayette, about 60 miles out of Nashville. As you could imagine, her colleagues were totally stunned after hearing that they had matched the jackpot winning lottery numbers.
The co-workers didn’t believe her at first. She told them that none of them needed to go to work that day. Every single one of the team members started screaming with joy. One of the team members, Kevin Southerland, age 43, said that a few of them are planning to retire, but a good deal of them are also planning to keep working while they figure out what they want for the rest of their lives.
All of the team members come from 13 different cities in Tennessee and Kentucky. They all shared the dream of paying off debts, sending their children to good colleges, and indulging in a fancy set of wheels. More than anything else, though, the team has a strong determination to help others too.
The owner of the shop who sold them the winning ticket said, “All these people have always had a big heart to help people and to be there for them. That should be an inspiration to all that you can still do your part even if you don’t have a lot of money.”
“Now we can do more and help more. There’s going to be a lot of people blessed, just like how we got blessed,” said Kevin while fighting back his tears of joy.
Their Powerball jackpot win is the second-largest prize won in Tennessee, and the sixth biggest Powerball jackpot to have ever been won in the state.