20 co-workers split $420M Powerball jackpot

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(Courtesy Tennessee Lottery)

A group of 20 co-workers from an auto parts manufacturing plant in Tennessee claimed the $420.9 million Powerball jackpot Tuesday.

The so-called Tennessee 20, work together at the North American Stamping Group in Portland and hail from 13 cities across central Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

"We're supporting education, and we're supporting Tennessee," Amy O'neal, the group's leader, said during a news conference today in Nashville, Tennessee, announcing the jackpot winners.

O'neal said the winnings would help at least 500 people in the group's circle of family and friends. Also, in light of Giving Tuesday, she said they were looking into donating to people affected and displaced by wildfires ravaging the town of Gatlinburg and other communities in the eastern part of the state.

O'neal said she purchased the tickets for the office pool from the Smoke Shop in her hometown of Lafayette.

According to the Tennessee Lottery, it was the sixth Powerball jackpot won in the state and the 200th ticket sold by the Tennessee Lottery that was worth $1 million or more.

The jackpot has an estimated cash value of $254.7 million, making it the second-largest prize for the lottery. Rebecca Hargrove, the CEO and president of the Tennessee Lottery, said each member of the Tennessee 20 stands to collect about $12.7 million.

The Tennessee 20 said they aren't going to quit their jobs immediately because they don't want to leave the company "high and dry."
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