- The Tennessee 20 won $420 million in Powerball Jackpot.
- Amy O’neal had bought the winning ticket at the Smoke Shop in Lafayette.
- A chunk of the jackpot money would go to the community of Gatlinburg, affected by wildfire.
Co-workers at North American Stamping Group decided to try their luck at winning the office pool. Lady luck was on their side and the employees, dubbed Tennessee 20, ended up winning $420 Million in Powerball Jackpot.
The Tennessee 20 won Powerball Jackpot.
After winning the jackpot prize, the leader of the group, Amy O’neal, dubbed them as the Tennessee 20. It is a name that’s not going to fade away anytime soon.
Incidentally, O’neal was the person who happened to buy the winning ticket from the Smoke Shop in Lafayette, her hometown. Not thinking much of it, she went to sleep on Saturday night. She was shaken awake early on Sunday by her son excitedly telling her to check her ticket.
“You never think you’re going to win this lottery, but you do it for fun,” said O’Neal.
After verifying the lottery numbers at least thrice, she called up all her colleagues to give them the terrific news. Most of the other 19 workers, belonging from 13 different cities, rushed to her house right away except one.
Steve Huffman, one of the members of the Tennessee 20 said that his car broke down on the way to O’neal’s. But for the first time in his life, he did not care for it. He was floating on cloud nine.
“I don’t have to get frantic about that anymore,” a cheery Huffman told a group of reporters on Tuesday, reports The Tennessean.
How will they spend the jackpot money?
So what are the new millionaires going to do with their not-so-small fortune?
Sure, all of them have their personal dreams to fulfill, from buying new cars, going on vacations to paying for children’s college.
But all of them have pledged to put aside a certain sum of money. This would be directed towards helping the affecting families of the town of Gatlinburg, which was ravaged by wildfires, and other communities.
While the group has never been able to contribute such a large scale of money before, they have been helping the community in their own way. Every Wednesday and Saturday, the group buys $120 worth of tickets to support education and the state.
The gesture upholds the spirit of Giving Tuesday. This is the second-largest lottery prize ever handed out by Powerball Jackpot.
The owner of the Smoke House, Joyce Gregory, who won $25,000, for selling the winning ticket says that he is “tickled”. And that the money is really “going to help our town”.
All the 20 members have been working for the North American Stamping Group for years now. They have worked on many projects, developing new products and taking corporate trips together.
So, will winning millions come in the way of their professional commitments?
“We love that company,” O’neal said. “I’m not planning on quitting … [but] I might change my mind.”