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16-Year-Old Won't Get Lottery Share

26 October 2000

LOS ANGELES – Oct. 26, 2000 – As reported by The Associated Press: " It turns out only 12 of the 13 employees at a Starbucks will share an $87 million lottery jackpot.

"State lottery officials had said all 13 would share the winnings. But Keana Essex, a 16-year-old high school junior who works part time at the coffee shop, is ineligible because she is under 18.

"But all is not lost -- the winnings will go to her mother instead.

"The single mother of four, who has held as many as three jobs at a time, said the money will help her entire family, including other children who are 7, 11 and 18.

"Mary Ann Champaine, the store manager who bought 13 $1 tickets for her workers, said she knew all along that the 16-year-old was ineligible and had asked her mother if she wanted to be included in the pool…"

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