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AMERICAN MORNING

Lunch Money

Aired October 28, 2003 - 08:26   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: Talk about lunch money. Fifteen school lunch ladies and a custodian in a Minnesota town are now millionaires, after they hit the Powerball jackpot.
Ellen Dulles (ph) of KMFP in Minneapolis has more.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This might be the luckiest and the wealthiest busload of passengers you'll ever see.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There was a lot of laughing and giggling and things like that.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Fifteen lunch ladies and one custodian, all of them turned millionaires. This group called themselves the "happy huskers," after hauling for high school's mascot. But as you can tell, giddy might be a better word to describe them now.

KAREN OVERMAN, POWERBALL WINNER: She had called me and said, "I think we won the Powerball," the lottery. And I called her a liar about three times.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The lucky ticket was purchased here at this grocery store in Avon, part of a payday tradition that started 13 years ago.

OVERMAN: We'd just throw a quarter in every payday. We get paid twice a month, and we'd each throw a quarter in. That buys us four tickets over two weeks.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And believe it or not, all of these millionaires reported to work -- well, almost all of them.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I called in and said I've got some things to take care of. I came up and said you need a sub for me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My mom says that we'd better bring a big lunch.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You know, you kids are very lucky to have million-dollar cooks.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's been almost two years since there has been a party like this at lottery headquarters. The last powerball winner was in December of 2001.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, I'm so happy for you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But, they're keeping their celebrations sensible. After all, these 16 winners have to be at work in the morning, although it's not because they have to. It's because they want to.

OVERMAN: We're trying to work around tomorrow's menu, because we don't know what shape we're going to be in tomorrow morning.

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