While driving, Steve Huffman looked down and saw that the engine light on the dashboard had begun to shine, he sighed. The light shining meant one thing only, financial stress for the 54-year-old. Little did Steve know that he’s whole world was about to turn upside down in the best possible way.
Steve and his co-workers who all work at North American Stamping Group have been pooling their money and playing the Powerball lottery for eight years. They spend $120 on Powerball tickets (about 60 tickets) every Wednesday and Saturday. They also roll any of their winnings into the next draw. Joking around at the press conference, the group did confirm that they wouldn’t be rolling the $254 million.
"The chance to win when you play in this lottery is small, but we do it for fun," said Amy O'Neal who came up with the group name "The Tennessee 20".
Amy who bought the US Powerball ticket on behalf of the group, at the Smoke Shop on Scottsville Road, said she didn’t check the ticket on Saturday night, as the chance of actually winning the Powerball jackpot are so small, she thought at the time, so she went to bed instead.
The following morning, her son heard that there was one ticket that won the whole Powerball jackpot and that the winning ticket was sold in Lafayette, exactly where they purchased the ticket!
Her son and her husband immediately shook her until she woke up. She got up and went to get the groups tickets.
When she reached the third lottery ticket, she started screaming!
“I started screaming, looked at the ticket again and thought I was in a dream.”
Amy immediately called her work mates with the good news. Many of them thought at first that she was joking, but it was no joke.
When the news spread at work, the company's president asked if all 20 would be quitting immediately. Some of them are opting for early retirement, and the others have promised to stay on long enough to train replacements.
The magical US Powerball winning numbers that sealed their new found fortune of $ 420.9 million were:
17 - 19 – 21 - 37 - 44 and the red Powerball number 16.
The cash value of the jackpot is worth $254 million which equals just over $12.7 million for each person before taxes.
When the group were asked at a press conference yesterday, what they plan to do with their newfound wealth, the answers ranged from holidays, new cars (must be Steve), paying for their children’s university fees and paying hospital bills.
As you can see, one thing that did stay constant throughout the questioning, was that they all plan to help others.
Winning ticket is the 200th sold by the Tennessee lottery worth $ 1 million or more, and the second largest ever. The biggest gain was in the staggering $ 528.8 million and was won by a family in January this year.
The next Powerball drawing held in the evening and the jackpot is at stake is valued at 40 million dollars. Do not miss the chance!
The ticket is also the 200th ticket sold by the Tennessee Lottery worth $1 million or more.
For the Tennessee Lottery, this is the second largest prize. The first was the $528.8 million prize won by a Munford family in January. In total, this is the sixth ticket that has won the Powerball jackpot, and it’s also the 200th time that a ticket from Tennessee has won over $1 million.
The Smoke Shop on Scottsville Road in Lafayette; which is the store that sold Amy the Powerball ticket will receive a $25,000 bonus.
Best of luck!
The PlayUSALotteries.com Team