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Millions jackpot, meanwhile, will be split between five factory workers in Kalamazoo whose names and employer remain unpublished.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?


  • Detroit - March 29, 2010 - �Conner Avenue Assembly Plant employees complete the production launch of 25 spec-series 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR-X models as the car became the first of the 2010-model-year Dodge Vipers completed at the plant. Built for road-racing enthusiasts, the Dodge Viper ACR-X combines the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) and the safety equipment of championship-winnning Viper Competition Coupes. "With its amazing on-track performance, the Viper ACR-X is going to seriously turn the heads of all road-racing enthusiasts, whether it is the grassroots driver all the way up to the professional," Gilles said. Viper ACR-X is to debut in the Dodge Viper Cup spec-racing series in July. (Joe Wilssens photo)
  • The non-street legal 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X boasts safety features such as factory-designed and installed fuel cell and specially tuned and upgraded suspension for on-track usage - shown here prior to body panels being installed at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant. (Joe Wilssens photo)
  • The non-street legal 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X boasts safety features such as factory-designed race seat - shown here being installed at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant. (Joe Wilssens photo)
  • Engine and vehicle production has begun on the 2010 Dodge Viper at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant. The SRT-developed 8.4 liter V-10 engine delivers 600 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft of torque. (Joe Wilssens photo)
  • Detroit - March 29, 2010 - �Dodge Brand President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Gilles and Conner Avenue Assembly Plant employees celebrate the �production launch of 25 spec-series 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR-X models as the car became the first of the 2010-model-year Dodge Vipers completed at the plant. Built for road-racing enthusiasts, the Dodge Viper ACR-X combines the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) and the safety equipment of championship-winnning Viper Competition Coupes. "With its amazing on-track performance, the Viper ACR-X is going to seriously turn the heads of all road-racing enthusiasts, whether it is the grassroots driver all the way up to the professional," Gilles said. Viper ACR-X is to debut in the Dodge Viper Cup spec-racing series in July. (Joe Wilssens photo)
  • Detroit - March 29, 2010 - �Dodge Brand President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Gilles shows some of the first production models of the spec-series 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR-X moments after the cars became the first of the 2010-model-year Dodge Vipers completed at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant. �Built for road-racing enthusiasts, the Dodge Viper ACR-X combines the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) and the safety equipment of championship-winnning Viper Competition Coupes. �"With its amazing on-track performance, the Viper ACR-X is going to seriously turn the heads of all road-racing enthusiasts, whether it is the grassroots driver all the way up to the professional," Gilles said. Viper ACR-X is to debut in the Dodge Viper Cup spec-racing series in July. (Joe Wilssens photo) Detroit - March 29, 2010 - �Dodge Brand President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Gilles shows some of the first production models of the spec-series 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR-X moments after the cars became the first of the 2010-model-year Dodge Vipers completed at the Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly Plant. �Built for road-racing enthusiasts, the Dodge Viper ACR-X combines the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper ACR (American Club Racer) and the safety equipment of championship-winnning Viper Competition Coupes. �"With its amazing on-track performance, the Viper ACR-X is going to seriously turn the heads of all road-racing enthusiasts, whether it is the grassroots driver all the way up to the professional," Gilles said. Viper ACR-X is to debut in the Dodge Viper Cup spec-racing series in July. (Joe Wilssens photo)

[Source: The Detroit News]

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