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Thirteen Starbucks Coffee House Employees Win $87M California State Lottery Jackpot

Aired October 25, 2000 - 1:20 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: They're putting the "bucks" -- lots of bucks -- in Starbucks. A lucky 13 workers from the Starbucks coffee house chain have won a huge California State Lottery jackpot.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: And you say, we don't care if you have whipped cream on that latte or not. I wonder if they'll still work there. They are about to share $87 million.

Eric Spillman of our affiliate KTLA talks with some of the new millionaires.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ERIC SPILLMAN, KTLA REPORTER (voice-over): What does pure joy look like? This has to be it. It's when you come to your job at Starbucks in the morning and find out you're suddenly a multimillionaire. You'd run and jump around too.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We won $87 million! No, serious, why do you think all these cameras are here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh my God.

MOISHA OLIVER, LOTTO WINNER: I'm so happy. I'm going to do a lot of things for my family. I'm happy, and that's about it. I can't believe it!

SPILLMAN: It wouldn't have happened without the manager here. Mary Champaine rarely plays the lottery, but when she heard about the jackpot she collected a buck from all 13 employees, went to a nearby liquor store and bought 13 tickets, including the Quick Pick that turned out to be the winner.

MARY CHAMPAINE, STARBUCKS MANAGER: I mean, I'm excited, but it's not tangible, it's not real to me. I have $7 right now, OK? That's real.

SPILLMAN (on camera): It will be another month or so before they see their money. They will share 26 annual payments of between $2 million and $4 million. That's before taxes.

(voice-over): It's more than enough to change their lives. Financial planners are already hovering nearby, dropping off brochures on investments. Still, for now, the winners plan to keep their jobs here, making lattes and cappuccinos.

PHYLLIS COVARRUBIAS, CUSTOMER: They've always been nice, they've always been hard-working, and it's really nice to hear somebody, you know, has benefit from the lottery.

SPILLMAN: Who would have dreamed that working at Starbucks could mean big bucks?

In the mid-city area, Eric Spillman, KTLA News.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ALLEN: And, you know, one of them had said, I'll know we've won if I show up for work and the TV cameras are everywhere. She must have been the one because that's what happened.

WATERS: Yes, holy mackerel, huh?

ALLEN: Yes.

WATERS: And in the next hour right here on CNN TODAY, we're going to drop in on that particular Starbucks coffee house. We have a live -- one of our live miracle vans heading down that way and we'll be talking with Mary Champaine and the others, I guess.

ALLEN: We'll just see how she's doing today.

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