Powerball Winners The Shipping 20 has claimed an eye watering $241 million Powerball lottery jackpot from the draw held on June 13th 2012. All 20 are co-workers from the Logistics Department of a cereal plant in Cedar Rapids.
The win – which is the largest lottery prize won to date in Iowa – was achieved with the Powerball winning numbers of 7, 10, 14, 33, 57 and Powerball of 18.
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Lawyers have said that the Iowa Powerball lottery winners are looking for anonymity and would like their individual names to remain confidential and out of the press. They intend to request an injunction to that effect, which is allowed under Iowa’s Open Records law. The lottery believes the names are public and should be disclosed, but has agreed to give the group 10 business days to seek an injunction.
Much like a $400 million winner from South Carolina who wanted remain anonymous following his huge win in November 2012.
The group were clearly delighted with their Powerball lottery jackpot and said that it was the worst-kept secret in the state! Good news travels fast apparently as details of the win had spread – first through the Quaker Oats Co. factory in downtown Cedar Rapids where they worked and then just as quickly again through the local community.
It appears the whole town is talking about it. Al, 61, who buys the Iowa Powerball lottery tickets for the group, said he had just recently planned to tell a neighbour the good news, only to learn that the neighbour already knew.
The group – made up of 18 men and 2 women – chose to receive the Powerball lottery jackpot as the lump-sum option of $160.3 million which will mean just over $8 million each (or just under $6 million net of taxes). They have played Powerball together for years, with each person contributing $5 each for tickets, but only when the jackpot was $100 million or higher. Their ages range from 35 to 64 and at least 11 members of the group said they would retire after winning the prize.
Retirement was a popular choice amongst members of Powerball winning syndicate Oceans 16 who won a third share of a $448 million jackpot in August 20013.
Some of the group were open about their plans following the life changing Powerball results draw. Kelly, aged 54, has worked at the plant for nearly 40 years and said he hasn’t decided if he will retire. He was the first group member to realise they had won. Kelly said he saw the Powerball lottery winning numbers on the lottery website the morning after the draw and then checked and re-checked before he could truly believe it. Then he started shouting for his co-workers. Kelly said he is thankful that the big win can make a positive difference to the local community, which suffered losses in widespread flooding four years ago. “We’re in a position now to work together somehow to make this a positive thing,” he said.
Denise, 52, said she has worked at the plant for over 30 years, and added “The Shipping 20 has a combined seniority of 686 years at Quaker Oats. I’m just in such a fog, it’s hard to describe everything,” she said. “I’m shaking. It’s hard to wrap your head around.” Denise explained that she will use her Iowa Powerball lottery winnings to help her adult children. She said her husband is also a member of the group and he will be leaving his job.
The Powerball jackpot winning ticket was bought at Hy-Vee, 5050 Edgewood Road in Cedar Rapids. Hy-Vee will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the ticket and the money will be shared amongst the stores employees. “That money will go back to our clerks,” Store Director Jamie Franck said. “That goes straight to our bottom line, back to their bonus checks. So they’ll reap in those rewards.”
The group’s winning ticket for the Powerball draw is the seventh overall in Iowa to win the top prize.
A store in Pennsylvania received a $100,000 bonus for selling Roger Custer his $50 million ticket in December 2012.