20 Portland co-workers split $420.9M Powerball jackpot

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Twenty co-workers claimed their multi-million dollar prize Tuesday morning after winning last week’s Powerball jackpot.

The winning ticket, worth $420.9 million, was purchased at the Smoke Shop in Layfette. The store will also receive $25,000.

“It’s really going to help our town,” store owner Joyce Gregory said. “I am so excited.”

The 20 employees of North American Stamping Company matched all six Powerball numbers drawn on Saturday.

The winners, who call themselves “The Tennessee 20,” represent 13 cities and two states. They said during a news conference that they play each week for fun.

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Joyce Gregory’s store sold the winning lottery ticket. (Photo: WKRN)

“I just started screaming,” winner Amy O’Neal said. “I had to look again because I thought it was a dream. Everyone was screaming – just the joy!”

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.”

Saturday’s jackpot of nearly $421 million is the second largest overall prize for the Tennessee lottery.

The winners have chosen to take the lump sum of $254.7 million. Divided equally, that’s more than $12 million each.

Don Sword said, “We’ve talked about it, prayed about it and it’s a gift that we definitely want to use the right way.”

Some of the new millionaires said just last week some of them were worried about broken down cars, debt and much-needed home repairs.

“Jason Jones and his wife Kim, they wanted to remodel their kitchen. He went in there; he was going to have a bank come so he could get more money when his foot went through the floor. Come to find out termites had ate their house up,” O’Neal said.

In January, a Munford, Tennessee, family won $528.8 million after splitting the world-record jackpot of $1.58 billion with winners in two other states.