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TOLEDO, OHIO -- Fourteen Chrysler workers from Michigan have claimed half of Ohio's second Powerball jackpot.

The group that calls themselves "The Lucky Thirteen Plus One" were at the Ohio Lottery's regional office in Toledo Monday to claim half of the $97 million jackpot from the a June Powerball drawing. The winning ticket from the multi-state lottery game was sold to one of the group's members at Shirley's Carryout in Curtice (Ottawa County).

The group, comprised of workers at a Detroit-area Chrysler paint shop, has chosen a cash option of approximately $25.1 million. After federal and state taxes, each group member will receive a one-time payout of $1.2 million.

William Shanteau, of Curtice, says he purchased the ticket at Shirley's and had a dream the night before the June 23 drawing that his group of co-workers had won. When he went to verify his ticket the next day, Shanteau says "bell and whistles went off" in his head, just like that alarm that awakened him from his dream.

Shirley's Carryout has received $48,500 as a retailer bonus for selling the winning ticket, courtesy of the Ohio Lottery.

Shanteau's "The Lucky Thirteen Plus One" co-workers include Robert King of Monroe, Gerald Thompson and April Sparks-Griffin of Detroit, James Jones of Troy, Christopher Jackson of Redford, Roy Rutledge of Dryden, Ignazio Giambra of Dearborn, Leonard Daddario of Trenton, Billy McGill of Flat Rock, Kevin Bostic of Ypsilanti, Daynalynn Lesniak-Hertel of Imlay City, and Phyllis Adams of Southfield.

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Lottery winners get their checks, keep working at plant


A year ago, William Shanteau and his 13 co-workers at a Detroit auto plant were worried their jobs could be gone at any moment.

Now they're all millionaires after winning a share of last week's $96.9-million Powerball drawing.

Most of the group from the paint shop at a Chrysler plant that makes Jeep Grand Cherokees plans to keep working, Shanteau said Thursday after working a 12-hour shift.

"It's like family," he said, adding that at least two of the jackpot winners plan to retire, and he wouldn't mind leaving early down the road.

For now, it seems most jobs at the Jefferson North plant are secure -- not that it matters much for the lucky 14 -- after Chrysler said in May it would add about 1,100 jobs to build the new Grand Cherokee.

Shanteau, 46, showed up two hours late for a news conference Thursday in his hometown of Curtice, Ohio, which is just outside Toledo, because he had to work overtime. He drove up in a new red Corvette and received an oversized check.

He said the group has been pooling its money for lottery tickets for almost two years, and he joined it about six months ago. The others, who all live Michigan, have stayed out of the spotlight.

Shanteau bought the lucky ticket, one of two winners. The other winner was sold in Montana and will be shared by two health care co-workers.

The autoworkers claimed their prize Monday and chose to take a lump-sum cash payment, worth about $25.1 million. After taxes, each autoworker gets $1.2 million.

Shanteau, who's a regular lottery player, won a $100,000 jackpot about six years ago.

He said he was laid off for about a year in the early 1990s and has been making cars for 27 years. He now wants to buy his wife a Jeep and pay for new American flags for his hometown.

"That's it," he said, looking over at his new Corvette. "I've got my dream."

LINK: Lottery winners get their checks, keep working at plant | freep.com | Detroit Free Press
 
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