The massive €394 million Powerball lottery jackpot was won by a lucky group of 20 co-workers in Nashville, Tennessee. The syndicate all work for
The Powerball lottery win came at just the right time when one of the syndicate members, Steve Huffman, would have been in financial trouble. Steve was driving when his “check engine” light turned on. 54-year-old Steve doesn’t need to worry about money anymore, however.
“I don’t have to get frantic about that anymore,” he chuckled to reporters at Tennessee’s lottery headquarters in Nashville. Steve is one of 20 co-workers in Portland who entered their office pool over the weekend which ended up winning the jackpot!
The winners all come from different cities in Tennessee and Kentucky, but they all work together at North American Stamping Group. They deal with sales and quality control of automotive parts at a manufacturing plant.
Lottery officials said that the winning Powerball ticket was sold by Smoke Shop Inc. The owner is Joyce Gregory in Lafayette, Tennessee. The city has 5000 residents and is 60 miles northeast of Nashville. “I’m really tickled…It’s really going to help our town,” she said. Her store received a $25,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
CEO of the Tennessee lottery, Rebecca Hargrove, said that the cash value of the jackpot is worth $254 million. That means each player gets $12.7 million before taxes.
“You never think that you’re going to win this lottery, but you do it for fun,” said one of the winners. The winning Powerball lottery numbers for this huge draw were: 17-19-21-37-44 and the bonus ball 16.
This lucky ticket makes it to the 200th ticket sold in Tennessee that has produced a prize of over $1 million or more. This win also makes it the second-biggest prize won with the Tennessee Lottery.
The syndicate has been playing together for eight years, according to Amy O’Neal. The team buys $120 worth of tickets for each Powerball draw per week for fun and to support education and the state. Amy is the one to thank in this fairy-tale twist of events because she was the one who went out to Lafayette to buy the tickets on Saturday night.
She knew the odds were stacked against them so she just went to bed, without even a glimmer of excitement or feeling of luck. The following morning, her son heard the news that a winning ticket was bought in Lafayette. That’s when she and her husband started thinking about all the possibilities.
“They were shaking me and shaking me…I went in and grabbed my tickets. It was the third one from the collection we bought. I just started screaming. I had to look again, I thought I was in a dream,” said Amy about her win. When she alerted her team members about the news, they couldn’t believe her. Once the news sunk in, they realized that they wouldn’t be going to work that day.
Steven Huffman, one of the team members, has an 18-year-old daughter and said that the winners in his syndicate deserve to win because they all have hearts of gold. He also has a son serving overseas and wants to be able to bring him back with his newfound fortune. “All these people have always had the heart to help people and be there for them…we can do that even if we don’t have any money. Now we can do more and help more. There’s going to be a lot of people blessed,” said Steven.
We couldn’t agree more! We are very happy to hear that such a splendid group of individuals won this unbelievable Powerball jackpot! You can be the next big winner, but you have to enter the game to stand a chance! Play Powerball now!
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