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Powerball winner donates $75,000: "You don't have to be a millionaire to give back."

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At a press conference Wednesday, Kelly Mulford donates $75,000 to United Way. At a press conference Wednesday, Kelly Mulford donates $75,000 to United Way.
Mulford was one of the "Shipping 20," a group of Quaker Oats employees who won a $241 million Powerball jackpot in June, 2012. Mulford was one of the "Shipping 20," a group of Quaker Oats employees who won a $241 million Powerball jackpot in June, 2012.
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Kelly Mulford struck it rich when he and 19 of his co-workers won a $241 million Powerball jackpot in June.

Mulford was one of the "Shipping 20," a group of 20 employees at Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids who pooled together and won the jackpot.

Mulford and the 19 other ticket holders ended up with approximately $5.6 million each after taxes.

Originally, the group wanted to conceal their identities, and for the most part the winners have stayed out of the lime light.

"We're all working class people," said Mulford. "We've worked our way through 36-years of keeping a roof over our kids' heads and families fed."

Mulford came forward on Wednesday with a public announcement of a significant charitable donation in hopes he can inspire others to give back to their community.

Mulford and his wife Anne of Marion have donated $75,000 of their winnings to the United Way of East Central Iowa.

It was a decision the Mulfords said came easy.

Mulford has been giving to the United Way for 35-years.

"There was a time for me to need some of the agencies," said Mulford at a press conference on Wednesday. "I don't tell the stories often, so I'm not going to tell them now, but knowing that your agencies are out there...made a difference in my life and in my family's life."

The Mulfords donation was made to the United Way of East Central Iowa Endowment Fund at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

Each year, the annual gift to the United Way will be drawn from this investment which is estimated to be between $3,000 and $4,000.

"It's a gift that will keep on giving because it'll address the needs of the community not only now, but in future years," said President and CEO of the United Way of East Central Iowa Lois Buntz.

For Mulford, the gift of winning the lottery is a gift he said he wants to share.

"You don't have to be a millionaire to give back," he said.

Mulford said he plans to retire from Quaker Oats next year and move to Minnesota with his wife.

He said they've had fun with traveling and buying a new car.

"It's used, but it's new to us," he said.

The Mulfords have donated to various other charities as well.

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