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14 Nuclear Workers Win Powerball

November 30, 2000

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Fourteen workers at the Sandia nuclear weapons lab will see their bank accounts mushroom: They won a $131 million lottery jackpot.

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 of the employees work in security for the government’s Sandia National Laboratories.

They were so excited that they arrived at the lottery office before lottery workers showed up for work Thursday morning.

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

For now, Carr has no plans for the cash. ``As soon as I get the money in hand, then I’ll start thinking about it,″ he said.

Twenty 20 states and Washington, D.C., participate in Powerball.