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Eight workers share pounds 205m jackpot.

Three immigrants who came to America for a better life joined five co-workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant to claim around pounds 205m - the biggest lottery jackpot in US history.

"This is great country!" said Quang Dao, 56, who arrived in the US from Vietnam in 1988.

The previous US jackpot record was pounds 202m which was won in 2000.

The Nebraska workers chose to take the money in a lump sum rather than in instalments and will each receive about pounds 8.7m after taxes.

Alain Maboussou, 26, said he fled from the Congo in 1999 to escape unrest after the civil war.

Three of the group left their jobs when they hit the jackpot.

"I've been retired for about four days now," said Eric Zornes, 40.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2006
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