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100 Cheese Workers Win $208M Lottery
SeeBS/AP ^ | 8/7/2006 | Staff

Posted on 08/07/2006 1:09:31 PM PDT by Red Badger

(CBS/AP) About 100 cheese-factory workers in the Wisconsin town of Saint Cloud have been celebrating — because they say they're $208 million richer.

Wisconsin state lottery officials say no one has officially stepped forward to claim Saturday's Powerball jackpot.

But a large contingent of employees from Sargento Cheese say they have the winning ticket locked in a safe.

Eric Heimermann is one member of the celebrating group. He told the Fond du Lac Reporter that the mostly second shift workers had chipped in $1 apiece to a pool to purchase lottery tickets.

Heimermann, 24, of St. Cloud, spoke with the newspaper in a telephone interview from Fat Boys Tavern in St. Cloud. The newspaper said many of the winners went to the tavern Sunday night to celebrate.

"I think everybody pretty much decided we're going to pay our bills and we're going to take it from there," he told the newspaper. "We're all going to work tomorrow. We still have a job to do."

It's not clear when the group will try to redeem the ticket. Lottery spokeswoman Jessica Iverson says it can take several days or weeks for a winner to come forward.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night were two, three, nine, 48 and 50 and the Powerball was 23.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: cheese; lottery; powerball; windfall
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That's about a million apiece..............
1 posted on 08/07/2006 1:09:32 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

That's so cheesy.


(Yes, I know, but someone was going to say it and we might as well get it out of the way already.)


2 posted on 08/07/2006 1:10:45 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Red Badger

They must have a moose as a mascot.


3 posted on 08/07/2006 1:10:51 PM PDT by b4its2late (Liberals are as confused as a hungry baby in a topless bar.)
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To: Red Badger

I'm glad I'm not their boss. How many of them do you suppose showed up for work today?


4 posted on 08/07/2006 1:11:21 PM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: Red Badger

Waiting for their checks to clear


5 posted on 08/07/2006 1:11:40 PM PDT by msnimje (Uni-FAIL - UN peace keeping force in Lebanon has lived up to its name.)
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To: presidio9
Sign outside:

NOW HIRING!

CHEESE EXPERIENCE A PLUS!........

6 posted on 08/07/2006 1:13:03 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Red Badger

That'll pay off the mortgage and put momma in a new car.

sigh


7 posted on 08/07/2006 1:14:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: Red Badger

I like cheese, do you like cheese?


8 posted on 08/07/2006 1:14:42 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: BenLurkin

Close to a million bucks should buy momma a new house!.....


9 posted on 08/07/2006 1:15:13 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Yo-Yo

I like cheese.


10 posted on 08/07/2006 1:15:43 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by fleeing the scene of an accident)
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To: Yo-Yo

I like green cheese!.......


11 posted on 08/07/2006 1:15:43 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Red Badger

God bless 'em all.


12 posted on 08/07/2006 1:16:04 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Leaning on the everlasting arms.)
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To: Red Badger

Doesn't the Sermon on the Mount go something like "Blessed are the Cheesemakers . . ."?


13 posted on 08/07/2006 1:18:21 PM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: Red Badger

14 posted on 08/07/2006 1:19:34 PM PDT by aomagrat (Just when you think you have it made in the shade, the tree falls on you.)
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To: Hoodat
Doesn't the Sermon on the Mount go something like "Blessed are the Cheesemakers . . ."?

Yes, and what a friend we have in cheeses!

15 posted on 08/07/2006 1:22:39 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Ciexyz

You betcha, I am always happy for those who win and who deserve it. That is much better than one rich fat cat who can afford $5000 worth of tickets and wins it.


16 posted on 08/07/2006 1:22:56 PM PDT by Concho (IRS--Americas real terrorist organization.)
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To: aomagrat

gorgonzola........


17 posted on 08/07/2006 1:25:01 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Red Badger

I certainly wouldn't turn it down, but a lump-sum payment after tax divided 100 ways will come out to slightly north of $1 Million USD.

That's significant, but hardly retire-to-the-beach money.


18 posted on 08/07/2006 1:25:16 PM PDT by jra
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To: randog

All fat n' sassy, divvyin' up the winnin's, and cuttin' the cheese!


19 posted on 08/07/2006 1:26:22 PM PDT by wizr (Live life with a Passion!)
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To: Red Badger

A lot less after taxes... What, maybe $600K? Guess that'd buy a pretty decent house in St. Cloud.


20 posted on 08/07/2006 1:27:32 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: aomagrat
A) Muenster

'La bonne cuisine est la base du véritable bonheur.' - Auguste Escoffier
(Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

21 posted on 08/07/2006 1:27:32 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: jra

Retire-Close-to-the-beach money..........


22 posted on 08/07/2006 1:28:00 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Red Badger

Follow up from the AP tihs afternoon.

Cheese-factory workers say they're the Powerball winners

By EMILY FREDRIX
Associated Press Writer

PLYMOUTH, Wis. (AP) -- Some cheese company workers returned to their jobs Monday, although they said they were part of a group of about 100 workers who won a $208.6 million Powerball jackpot.

Andrea Fink, 26, of Sheboygan, said she arrived early for her second shift Monday afternoon at Sargento Foods to talk with other winners about what to do.

But she said she didn't plan to leave her job, which she has held for six years.


"I'm too young to retire," she said.

Fink said she found out the group had won Sunday. She said she planned to take a lump sum rather than annual payments and intends to buy a house.

"I don't know what to say. I can't believe it. It just seems unreal," she said.

But Wisconsin Lottery spokeswoman Jessica Iverson said Monday no one had yet come forward to formally claim the prize from Saturday's drawing.

Workers streamed into the factory Monday afternoon, many of them smiling but declining to comment.

Theresa Hermann, 52, of Glenbeulah, said she hopes to take her grandchildren to Walt Disney World and do some work on her house. She said she planned to stay at Sargento, where she's worked for six years.

"This is the most exciting day," she said. "There will be a lot of tears. I like my job and I love the people."

Colleen Sumner, 51, Crystal Lake, said she was not sure if she will keep on working at Sargento, where she has been employed for nearly 19 years.

"It's going to help how many different families? It's super. It's a lot better than one person winning," she said.

Lou Gentine, chief executive officer of the family-owned packager of shredded, snack, specialty cheeses and other snack foods, said he has received calls from a number of workers reporting that they won.

"Sargento always states it has a passion for cheese. We really have an equal passion for our employees. We are just so pleased this happened to our group of people," he said.

Gentine said he expects the majority of winning workers to remain at the factory. But he knew of at least one worker who asked for the day off Monday so he could sort out his affairs.

The majority of the 100 employees work on the second shift, but some work on the third shift and reported to work Sunday night, he said. Gentine said the workers he has heard from are all different ages and some may be near retirement.

"I think most employees, regardless of whether they won or not, are happy for those that won," he said. "I think that's cool."

Some of the ticket-holders gathered Sunday night at Fat Boys tavern in St. Cloud to celebrate.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night were 2, 3, 9, 48 and 50 and the Powerball was 23.

The jackpot is the largest in Wisconsin history, Iverson said. Previously, the largest jackpot won in the state had been a Powerball jackpot worth $195 million, bought by an Illinois couple in May 1998.

Iverson said the $208.6 million could be paid in 30 installments. But she said the winner or winners could choose a lump sum payment, which she said would be $95.8 million. Both those figures are before taxes, Iverson said.

The winning ticket for a jackpot of that size has to be submitted at lottery headquarters in Madison, she said.

State law requires that payment be made to a single winner unless a court order is obtained, Iverson said. Then multiple winners could choose individually whether to receive a lump sum or get the larger amount spread over 30 payments, the lottery spokeswoman said.

The winning ticket was sold at Ma and Pa's Grocery Express in Fond du Lac along the so-called "Miracle Mile." South Main Street earned that nickname because several stores sold multimillion-dollar tickets during the 1990s.

Ma and Pa's - which will receive $100,000 - sold a winning Megabucks ticket worth $6.5 million in 1994 and has sold winning tickets for $500,000, $250,000 and $100,000 too, among others.

A sign out front Monday proclaimed the store sold the latest winning Powerball ticket.

Pat Moses, who owns Ma and Pa's with her son Phil, said Wisconsin Lottery officials and some Sargento representatives visited the store Monday.

Moses said is mystified as to how the store can turn out so many winners.

"I can't still believe it," she said. "It's almost spooky, like the Bermuda Triangle where there's that magnetism."

Store employee Mike Forsyth said he split a $138,000 jackpot with Phil several years ago and said about a month ago he won a $64,000 jackpot that he split with someone else.

Powerball is played in 29 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


23 posted on 08/07/2006 1:28:15 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: randog

"Yes, and what a friend we have in cheeses!" LMAO


24 posted on 08/07/2006 1:28:28 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: All

"It's going to help how many different families? It's super. It's a lot better than one person winning," she said.

Not if that one person had been ME! LOL!


25 posted on 08/07/2006 1:29:05 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: LibWhacker

100 winners. 200 million. $600,000 after taxes doesn't compute.


26 posted on 08/07/2006 1:30:11 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: Red Badger
"We're all going to work tomorrow. We still have a job to do."

They had better. Most of them would burn through a $ million surprisingly quickly.

27 posted on 08/07/2006 1:31:12 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: billhilly

If it's like California, the advertised amount ($200M), is twice what they'll give you if you take the lump sum payout. Then there are taxes...


28 posted on 08/07/2006 1:31:46 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Red Badger
Reminds me of the suggestion a while back for a new State of Wisconsin slogan: "Eat Cheese or Die"
One of my favorites.
29 posted on 08/07/2006 1:31:57 PM PDT by vox_freedom (Matthew 5:37 But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

That will buy a lot of Cheez Its.


30 posted on 08/07/2006 1:33:26 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: Red Badger
"I'm rich, beeyotch"


31 posted on 08/07/2006 1:37:04 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: billhilly

The lump-sum value is $95,800,000 - almost all lottery jackpots are based on the time value of money, IOW what they would have to invest, at a very conservative return, to end up with 208 million in 30 years (or 20.) A smart investor though could make MUCH more than that by taking the smaller lump sum.

So-divide that by 100 people and you have $958 grand a piece. After taxes, about $600,000.


32 posted on 08/07/2006 1:37:18 PM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: Red Badger

I seldom participate in the lottery; it's pretty new here, and besides, my dad calls it an "ignorance tax," lol. But, I'll go for it when the payout gets way up there, like this one. I buy ten Power Play tickets, and let the computer choose the numbers. I've won enough to get my money back all four times I've tried it, most recently on Saturday ... $28.00 for $20.00 spent. This would have been my best yet, had the Power Play number been something other than 2.


33 posted on 08/07/2006 1:37:45 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: jra
208 Mil is a lump of about 84 to 104 million. (40 to 50%).

That's 840K 1.04 million. I'd take it.

Still The IRS grabs 28% off the top.

So each is going to get $604K to $720K, and heck, I'll take that too!

But it's not a retire now and forever thing unless you are close already...

34 posted on 08/07/2006 1:38:50 PM PDT by kAcknor (Don't flatter yourself.... It is a gun in my pocket.)
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To: jra

Even in a modest 5% interest account, $50,000/yr isn't so bad; with good investment, they'd have a fortune...


35 posted on 08/07/2006 1:39:28 PM PDT by mx5
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To: Red Badger
That'll buy a lotta Leinies
36 posted on 08/07/2006 1:40:48 PM PDT by Spruce (Keep your mitts off my wallet)
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To: RockinRight

600 grand might just be pretty handy for your average second shift cheese worker. I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers (with or without cheese) myself....


37 posted on 08/07/2006 1:43:01 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: RegulatorCountry
I seldom participate in the lottery; it's pretty new here, and besides, my dad calls it an "ignorance tax," lol. But, I'll go for it when the payout gets way up there, like this one.

I ususally buy one ticket when the jackpot gets above $100 million.

They say dreams are free, but for a dollar and a dream for a couple of days it is pretty close to free.

38 posted on 08/07/2006 1:43:03 PM PDT by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: kAcknor

Exactly. At my age (29 Friday) I couldn't retire, but I'd certainly take it!


39 posted on 08/07/2006 1:43:56 PM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: kAcknor

I think it would be the top tax rate of around 36%, plus in Wisconsin the top tax rate is an additional 7.5%.


40 posted on 08/07/2006 1:48:28 PM PDT by cpprfld (Who said accountants are boring?)
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To: RockinRight

"After taxes, about $600,000."

Even with a very conservative, secure investment, this would return around $30,000.00 per year. Not exactly chump change for factory workers. Most of them will likely blow it on speedboats, cars, and plasma tv's though.


41 posted on 08/07/2006 1:50:37 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: randog
what a friend we have in cheeses!

That would make a nice verse to a song ...

42 posted on 08/07/2006 1:52:47 PM PDT by Don Carlos (Cuba Libre! Or in Reggae, "Drinking Rum and Coca Cola..")
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To: Red Badger

"Gouda? No. Edam? No. Smoked Austrian? No. Japanese Sage Darby? No."


43 posted on 08/07/2006 1:53:31 PM PDT by ushr435
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To: Red Badger

I bet the manager of that shift is feeling bleu. Okay, that was no gouda. These must be grating on your nerves cause y'all seem feta up with the puns. I'm no munster, just having edam good time.


44 posted on 08/07/2006 1:53:44 PM PDT by BJClinton (What happens on Free Republic, stays on Google.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Even with a very conservative, secure investment, this would return around $30,000.00 per year. Not exactly chump change for factory workers. Most of them will likely blow it on speedboats, cars, and plasma tv's though.

Spoken like a true elitist.

45 posted on 08/07/2006 1:58:59 PM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: Red Badger

"Behold the power of cheese."


46 posted on 08/07/2006 1:59:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ushr435

"SHUT THAT BLOODY BOUZOUKI UP!"


47 posted on 08/07/2006 2:01:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: presidio9

"How many of them do you suppose showed up for work today?"




That'd be a good question...if it wasn't answered in the article:


"I think everybody pretty much decided we're going to pay our bills and we're going to take it from there," he told the newspaper. "We're all going to work tomorrow. We still have a job."


48 posted on 08/07/2006 2:09:39 PM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: MineralMan
"I think everybody pretty much decided we're going to pay our bills and we're going to take it from there," he told the newspaper. "We're all going to work tomorrow. We still have a job."

$2mm has a way of making a milk factory wage seem less than appealing.

But thanks for the nitpick MM. I know I can always count on you.

49 posted on 08/07/2006 2:13:23 PM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: billhilly

"That will buy a lot of Cheez Its."

And brats! :)


50 posted on 08/07/2006 2:15:22 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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