A large group of factory workers at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have claimed a $241 million Powerball jackpot.
According to the Gazette, the group of 20 Quaker "Oatsters"--aged 35 to 64--chartered a bus Wednesday from Cedar Rapids to Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines, where they presented the winning ticket to lottery officials.
One of the workers bought the winning ticket for the June 13 drawing, lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer confirmed. The jackpot--the 15th largest in Powerball history and largest ever in Iowa--will be split 20 ways.
The shipping department staffers must now decide whether to taker a lump sum payout--$160.3 million, $112.2 million after taxes--or the full $241 million in annual payouts over 30 years.
[Slideshow: Quaker Oats Powerball winners]
Last month, an Arizona man defied astounding odds by purchasing six $1 million winning Powerball tickets.
The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, used the same numbers for each ticket, according to Arizona lottery spokeswoman Karen Bach.
In March, an 81-year-old Rhode Island woman claimed a $336.4 million Powerball jackpot, sleeping with the winning ticket in her Bible for several weeks before coming forward to claim the sixth-largest U.S. prize.
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Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer greets workers from the Quaker Oats plant as they arrive by bus. (Charlie …
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