Archive for Friday, December 1, 2000

Lab workers win Powerball

December 1, 2000


— Fourteen workers at the Sandia nuclear weapons lab will see their bank accounts mushroom: They won $131 million.

Duane Carr, one of the people who pitched in $10 each for the Powerball tickets, was skeptical when one of the others called to drop the bombshell that they had won.

"I was like, 'Oh, yeah, right,'" he said. "I didn't want to get too overexcited until I went over to his house and confirmed the numbers for myself. Then the champagne started popping."

All the employees work in security for the government's Sandia National Laboratories.

They were so excited that they arrived at the lottery office before the lottery workers.

The winners can choose a pretax lump sum of $70.3 million or take the $131 million prize in 25 annual installments.

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