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$131M Powerball Lottery Winners Hold News Conference

Aired November 30, 2000 - 2:50 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: We spent time the bulk of out time here with the recount going on in Florida talking about unhappy campers, but what we have for you next is probably a group of people just tickled pink.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, very happy campers. They are the winners of the Powerball. They are from New Mexico and they are all security guards with Sandian (ph) National Laboratories, 14 winners in all.

We will just listen in for a moment to talk about them becoming millionaires.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are on permanent vacation for a while.

(LAUGHTER)

QUESTION: What store did you guys buy the ticket at?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: it was Yosub's (ph) on Gibson and San Pedro, I think it was. It was right next to the Teriyaki Chicken Bowl right there, by Circle-K. I bought all 140 tickets there, and they were all quick picks.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is our lucky store.

QUESTION: Any words from family and relatives who aren't here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My sister called me to congratulate me from Dallas, and I haven't heard from my other sister and brother yet, but I'm sure we will.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is really crazy. You hear about it and you see it, like I said, and dream about it and stuff, but it's a whole different world. Family and friends calling, and like I said, the new Mexico Lottery has been fantastic, and they have helped with us, with our family and food and everything else, and just been really great with us. It is really just totally crazy, crazy, crazy.

QUESTION: What advice would you give other lottery players? UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Keep hope and faith. You have to have faith that you might win, and that's what happened with us. We were blessed and fortunate to win, and our co-workers that we work together with for many years, and now we are all going to celebrate. You have to have dreams and hopes and that's what happened. We feel like...

WATERS: America's newest millionaires, they all put in $10, 14 of them. They call themselves New Mexico's first because apparently this was first time New Mexicans have won in a Powerball lottery jackpot.

ALLEN: And they apparently arrived at the lotto office before the lotto office employees arrived there this morning.

Now, comes the big decision, do you accept the $135 million in a 25-year annuity, or do you just take $70 million.

WATERS: Decisions, decisions.

ALLEN: Dream about being able to make that decision.

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