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School Cooks Claim to Win $95M Powerball

October 28, 2003

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) _ They waited until the students got their lunch, then 15 school cooks and one janitor who each put a quarter into a lottery pool came forward Monday night as the holders of a Powerball ticket worth more than $95 million.

The women started their first Monday as millionaires back on the school lunch line where they fed the students in the tiny Holdingford School District before hopping a bus to the state lottery headquarters to claim their prize.

``It was really tough to be concentrating on the meal,″ said winner Karen Overman. ``I know there’s a need for news conferences in the morning, but we’ve got breakfast to put out.″

The school workers bought one of two winning tickets for the $190.9 million Powerball jackpot. No one has claimed a second ticket that was sold in a small southwestern Indiana town.

Each paycheck, the Minnesota women would put a quarter toward four Powerball tickets _ a routine they have followed since 1990.

At a news conference Monday night, the smiling women said they still had not decided whether to choose the cash option, which would amount to $2.1 million apiece after taxes.

Some in the group said they didn’t plan on giving up their school lunch jobs just yet.

``The kids come first,″ Overman said of the tiny school district outside of St. Cloud, in central Minnesota.

The winning numbers were 6-17-45-47-48 and Powerball 4.

The winners can take $95.45 million worth of annual payments over 30 years or $49.8 million in cash before taxes.

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On the Net:

Minnesota Lottery: http://www.mnlottery.com

Powerball: http://www.powerball.com

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