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Iowa Quaker Oats Workers Get $241 Million Powerball Jackpot

Group took chartered bus to lottery office today.

Quaker Oats Workers Win Iowa Jackpot

June 20, 2012— — Twenty happy workers stepped off a chartered bus today in Des Moines today to claim their $241 million Powerball jackpot.

The new millionaires, who call themselves the “Shipping 20 Trust,” work together in the shipping department of Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The winners are between the ages of 35 and 64. They asked that their names be kept confidential.

“They’re in shock. Still trying to recover,” said Joe Day, the group’s attorney.

Day told ABC News’ Cedar Rapids affiliate KCRG-TV the “ecstatic” winners still hadn’t decided what to do with their fortunes, but were thrilled to have “financial security for a lifetime.”

The Powerball ticket, worth a whopping $241 million, was purchased at a Cedar Rapids grocery store. It was the 15th-largest jackpot in Powerball history.

The winning numbers in last Wednesday’s drawing were 7, 10, 14, 33, 57 and Powerball 18.

After the drawing, Iowa lottery officials urged the winners to keep the ticket in a safe place and to consult a financial adviser before coming forward to claim the jackpot.

“This truly is a life-changing amount of money and we want our winners to have the information they’ll need as they make their decisions,” Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said in a statement. “Whoever has the winning ticket should sign it immediately if they haven’t already done so for safe keeping.”

The winning ticket was the seventh in Iowa to win the Powerball prize — and the largest ever in the state’s history. The previous record prize was a $200 million jackpot won by a Fort Dodge couple in October 2006.

The group’s request to keep their names private is in contradiction of Iowa law, which says winners’ names should be disclosed. Officials have given the newly-minted millionaires 10 business days to seek an injunction, which is allowed under the state’s open records law.

The winners can choose to receive the money in 30 payments over the next 30 years totaling $241 million before taxes, or accept an immediate lump sum of $160 million before taxes. That would mean an after-tax total of $112 million.

A group of 20 workers stepped off a chartered bus today in Des Moines today to officially claim their $241 million Powerball jackpot. The workers, who are expected to speak later today, work in the shipping department of Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

One of ‘Shipping 20’ Powerball Winners from Quaker Oats Donates $75K to United Way

Kelly Mulford, of Marion, won a share of a $241 million jackpot and is actually doing what many say they would if they won the lottery. Helping others.

By B.A. Morelli , Patch Staff
Dec 12, 2012 11:05 p m CT | Updated Dec 13, 2012 2:17 a m CT

Kelly Mulford just put his money where his mouth is.

Mulford, 54, of Marion, is one of the Shipping 20, a group of 20 workers at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids, who won the $241 million Powerball jackpot in June.

Many say they would give back and donate to charity if they ever win the lottery.

On Wednesday, Mulford did.

“This is a change in my life, but not a change in my perspective,” said Mulford, noting that he has contributed to charities throughout his 36 years at Quaker. “It just gives me an opportunity to give more.”

Mulford and his wife Anne donated $75,000 to the United Way of East Central Iowa Endowment Fund at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. The gift will continue giving in perpetuity with $3,000 to $4,000 drawn from the interest annually.

“Kelly and Anne’s donation will help people in need in our community,” United Way chief executive Lois Buntz said in a statement posted on the organization’s website. “We appreciate their support for all these years and for many years to come.”

United Way of East Central Iowa serves Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones, Linn and Washington counties and works with around 40 community partners.

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Mulford’s hope in making his donation public is to encourage others to give, even if it’s just $10 or their time through volunteering.

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“You don’t have to be a millionaire to give back,” Mulford said.

Mulford wanted to give locally, which is why he chose the United Way, he said. United Way partner agencies also helped members from his workers union (Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union) when Cedar Rapids was devastated by the flood in 2008.

Mulford said he has always donated to charities, and credited his parents and the Cedar Rapids-Marion area for instilling those values in him. So, he said, he wanted to make sure his donation stayed here in his community.

“I chose United Way because we’d see a benefit for the community. We’d see the funds put to work right here,” he said.

Mulford’s share of the winnings is roughly $5.6 million.

Mulford plans to retire next year and move to Minnesota, although he still has family in the area.

“It’s tough to leave, but Minnesota will be good,” he said. “I’ll always be the guy wearing the Hawkeye shirt.”

Quaker Oats Employees Quietly Share $241M Jackpot Amongst Themselves

One of 'Shipping 20' Powerball Winners from Quaker Oats Donates $75K to United Way – Marion, IA – Kelly Mulford, of Marion, won a share of a $241 million jackpot and is actually doing what many say they would if they won the lottery. Helping others. ]]>