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Workers Split Jackpot 20 Ways, Each Gets $12.7M From Powerball Win

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North American Stamping Group lottery winners. (Tennessee Lottery)
 

By    |   Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 11:49 AM

A jackpot Powerball ticket's 20-way split will give workers at a Tennessee metal manufacturer $12.7 million mini jackpots each after the pool won Saturday's drawing for the $420.9 million prize.

The winners come from 13 cities in Tennessee and Kentucky, all working at North American Stamping Group, The Tennessean reported.

Dubbed "The Tennessee 20," the group has been playing the lottery for eight years, buying $120 worth of tickets every Wednesday and Saturday.

"You never think you're going to win this lottery, but you do it for fun," said Amy O'Neal, who bought the winning ticket at Smoke Shop Inc. in Lafayette, Tennessee.

Plans for the prize money included vacations, college education, medical bill, new vehicles, and charitable giving.

"All these people have always had a heart to help people and be there for people…," said Steve Huffman whose chuckled that his check-engine light came on Monday, a problem that no longer concerns him, according to The Tennessean. "Now we can do more and help more. There's going to be a lot of people blessed."

At least 500 people in the group's circle of family and friends stand to benefit from the prize, and the group is considering donating to people affected by wildfires in Gatlinburg and the eastern part of the state, ABC News reported.

The winners didn't plan to leave the company immediately, but informed management that they would continue to work and help find replacements for those who decided to quit.

"We love that company," O'neal said, according to ABC News. "I'm not planning on quitting ... [but] I might change my mind."

The cash value of the $420.9 jackpot is $254 million, or $12.7 million for each of the 20 winners before taxes, The Associated Press noted.

It is the second-largest lottery award in the state, behind January's $528 million Powerball prize won by a Munford family, the AP said.

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