Cereal Workers In Iowa Win $241 Million Lottery
"My Kids Are Debt-Free"
If someone other than yourself has to win the lottery, you at least hope it's a decent person. Thankfully, that's what just happened in Iowa. After decades working at a cereal factory, a group of 20 has won the state's largest cash payout ever.
Twenty people, aging from 35 to 64 years old, are about to become millionaires after winning the $241 million jackpot in Iowa, the state's largest lottery Powerball ever.
Calling themselves "The Shipping 20," the group of 18 men and two women decided to take out a lump sum of $160 million. That equals about $8 million before taxes and $5.6 million after.
"They're in shock. Still trying to recover," said Joe Day, the group's attorney.
Workers at a Quaker Oats factory in Cedar Rapids, many of the winners have spent a good deal of their lives there. Now the group says it wants to remain anonymous so they can stay out of the spotlight.
"Obviously, we don't want people knocking at our doors. We're common people, simple people. We don't want the limelight," said a man identified only as Al, the designated group's spokesman.
Another winner named Mike, 55, who has worked at Quaker for 34 years, says this will forever change his family. "I think it makes my kids be debt-free, and that was my main goal," he said.
In a statement, the workers' union said they deserve it more than anyone.
"These guys have worked very hard for many years, and they want to use their good fortune to make life better for others at the plant and in their community. This is a great American story but also a great union story. These are some of the most decent and generous people you'll ever meet, and all of our members couldn't be happier for them."