• Jun 29, 2010
Dodge Viper assembly line workers in Detroit – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's not every day that someone actually wins the lottery, but that day has come for nineteen American factory workers. And it's come in a big way as two lottery clubs have claimed multi-million-dollar jackpots in the Powerball and Mega Millions drawings, scoring a jaw-dropping $96.6 million and $36 million respectively.

What does this have to do with cars, you ask? This is an automotive news site, after all, so we'll tell you: the "Lucky 13 Plus One" lottery club that won the nearly $100M Powerball jackpot is comprised of workers at the Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit that reports claim builds the Dodge Viper. (The Viper's actually built at Connor Avenue, while Jefferson builds Jeeps, so clearly something's amiss here, but we digress.) The Mega Millions jackpot, meanwhile, will be split between five factory workers in Kalamazoo whose names and employer remain unpublished.

As for the winning Viper crew, might we suggest either buying the rights to the car you build to either ensure its survival or farm them out to Devon Motorworks. Or maybe buying back the Mercedes SLS program and turning it back into the next-gen Viper. Of course, there is a certain group of automotive journalists who'd be happy to help you invest, so be in touch, won't you?



[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Kudos to them, and though the PB win is not that lifechanging (each supposedly gets $1.2M before taxes), it should allow them to have something for retirement.
        • 4 Years Ago
        96 mil divided by 14 people makes for about 7 mil each, doesn't it, or am I missing something here?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They took the cash option, which is half or less of the 96M. It could be the other site I 1st saw this had the # wrong, or meant 1.2M after taxes each (or there were more than 14), but that was their number.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not that lifechanging?! I know that amount is not what it used to be. It's definitely life-changing, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now they should each go buy a new Viper. It would be hugely fun to drive and they would continue to support their job - it would be a demand for 14 Dodge Vipers, and since they each build them, they would be able to build it to their own specification.

      I really think that would be an awesome sight to behold.

      "Okay gang, Joey's Viper is complete, let's get working on Maria's Viper!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      It makes me sad that this will give hope to so many similar lottery players, who will continue to throw their hard earned money away on a pipe dream.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What's also sad is that most of the people who won will end up splurging and retreating back to the same lifestyle they had before. It's only $5.3M/person, before taxes. If they're smart they'll invest it smartly and live off the interest and educate their children. Others will end up with $1M+ mansions, a could of fancy cars and little to show for it afterwards.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Hope is very powerful. Hope got a man elected to president. It hasn't helped him govern worth a damn, but it got him into the Whitehouse.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But that's just it.. The lottery has become the new American dream. The very thing you mention; hope. It's ok to have hope, sometimes it can feel like all there is. Sometimes, hope is enough to wake up in the morning and go build expensive and beautiful Vipers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for them. They work very hard producing America's best sports car (sorry Corvette fans). They deserve every single penny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      U must be unemployed
      next time u win the lotto why don't u just hand it over to the companies u support
      u got to be stupid tothink like that
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think too many Mercury builders are losing their jobs...all of the Mercs were build alongside Ford and Lincoln vehicles...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Its not everyday that someone actually wins the lottery..."

      Isnt it?? Well at least once a week or so dozens of people win the lottery, more often on thier own and not split among a "lottery club".

      Here is Florida it's usually someone in thier 70s or 80s who already spent thier entire life working and will only get a few years benefit before handing whats left off to thier relatives! Why don't any of my relatives play the lottery??? :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kalamazoo! 5 people...are they still building Checkers there?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope those UAW workers give back their wages to Chrysler since they are now earning so much. Well, if that reasoning works for the UAW.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how many of them are gonna use that money to go and buy one of those Vipers...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Jefferson plant is NOT where the Viper is made.

      Jefferson North is where the new Grand Cherokee is made - http://www.allpar.com/corporate/factories/jefferson-avenue.html

      The Viper is made at the Conner Avenue plant - http://www.allpar.com/cars/viper/conner-avenue.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am anticipating a slight delay in getting your Viper built. :)
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