Jackpot won by Powerball Winners ConAgra Foods Coworkers
Powerball Winners ConAgra Foods Coworkers, eight hardworking Nebraskans, seven men and one lady, were the lucky winners of a record jackpot on 18th February 2006 – it is the largest in American history.
The winning Quick Pick Powerball numbers were 15, 17, 43, 44, 48 and a Powerball of 29. This means the Powerball lotto winners from Nabraska won an incredible $365 million. The ConAgra Foods co-workers have decided to take the cash payout of $177.3 million for their Powerball jackpot. This amounts to $22,162,500 before taxes and $124.11 after taxes. Each of the Nabraskan Powerball Lottery winners will receive $15.5 million.
Many winners choose the cash option such as William Swanson who won $74 million in 2011.
The eight winners included two guys from Vietnam and one who had escaped the political and violent turmoil of the Congo. The members of the group of ConAgra Foods co-workers that won with the Quick Pick Powerball numbers are: Quang Dao, 56, David Gehle, 53, Alain Maboussou, 26, Chasity Rutjens, 29, Robert Stewart, 30, Michael Terpstra, 47, Dung Tran, 34 and Eric Zornes, aged 40.
Quang Dao was heard saying, “This is great country!” Mr. Dao came to the States from Vietnam in 1988 but still has family in Vietnam. He says he is now in a position to help them financially thanks to the Powerball jackpot.
Three members from the group of Powerball lottery winners immediately resigned from their jobs. Alain Maboussou, left the Congo in 1999 and now wants to go to school and get a business degree. He is happy that he now has enough money to give his wife and three month old daughter a good life. “She is going to be happy for the rest of her life,” Maboussou told reporters.
Mr. Maboussou also told reporters that his co-workers who didn’t decide to play Powerball were still happy for them. “I don’t think they have a reason to be jealous because when it’s pool day, we ask people to put in like five bucks, so if you weren’t there or didn’t put the five bucks in, sorry.”
Mike Terpstra has no idea what he wants to do with his share of the Powerball lottery winnings. “Everybody has dreams,” he said, “Buy an island. Buy an aeroplane. In reality, I’m not a fan of flying and don’t really like water.”
A few of the other winners quipped that they would pay their bills, wash their trucks and get some sleep.
Dung Tran was the guy who usually bought the group’s Powerball lotto ticket. It was usual for people at ConAgra Foods to get together to buy lottery tickets when the jackpot was over $45 million. This time eight people put in $5 a piece and Dung Tran went to U-Stop at 110 West “O” Street in Lincoln on Friday 17th February and purchased five-play Quick Pick tickets. Some of the ConAgra Foods co-workers said they had been playing the lottery for over five years.
Dung Tran checked their Quick Pick Powerball numbers at 4.30 a.m. on the morning after the Powerball results draw, by ringing the Nebraska Lottery Players Hotline.
These lucky people who had the winning Quick Pick Powerball numbers have all handled their money with great care. David Gehle left his job and did a little travelling to Australia, New Guinea and Vietnam. He still lives in Lincoln and it took him several years before he decided to invest in a $450,000 house. Gehle spends his days playing golf and tennis and creating masterpieces in wood. “My roots are in Nebraska,” he said, “and I not that much different now than I was before. I am pretty normal. I was never the kind of guy who went for big, expensive cars or anything like that. I just want something that runs.” Joseph and Celeste Tamburello won $70 million in 2012, and like David, were also keen to travel.
Michael Terpstra had sleepless nights when he first won, “At times I would wake up and this would all seem like a dream. I would have to walk around the house and tell myself, I did win. I am not working anymore and I do live here. I didn’t get drunk, break into someone’s house and go to sleep. This is where I am supposed to be.” When Terpstra first won the Powerball jackpot, he was worried he was going to be one of those people who lost it all and had to return to work, so he is being really careful and investing wisely.
Dung Tran still buys Powerball tickets from the same store. Cashier, Janice Mitzner said, “We joked about it. I told him ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if you won again?’”
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