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tonight, three of the real-life commandos in that attack give us their controversial first-person account. the first winners of that record $1.6 billion powerball jackpot are stepping forward. couple? >> congratulations. >> and what about those other two tickets sold in california and florida? and one beauty queen's fall from grace. her crowning achievement -- >> stormy yy kefler! >> a tarnished memory. >> i have resigned as miss washington usa. >> what she failed to disclose that stripped miss washington usa of her crown. >> first the "nightline 5." >> zantac heartburn alert. stop, nexium can take 24 hours to work. zantac rushes relief in as little as 30 minutes for relief without the wait. try zantac. no pill relieves heartburn faster. you get a cold, you can't breathe through your nose.
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seconds. good evening. thanks for joining us. it's the true-life story of a group of elite former military operatives stationed at a secret cia base in benghazi the night militants attacked. tonight move they version of events already triggering fresh controversy from hollywood to washington. and out on the campaign trail. and depending on whom you ask it's either a tale of extraordinary heroics or another round of political crossfire. >> -- benghazi -- >> benghazi. >> reporter: a word that seems inescapable.
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>> reporter: all because of what happened in this fiery compound on september 11th, 2012, when armed al sharia militants stormed a diplomatic compound, then a nearby cia annex. four americans slaughtered, including ambassador chris stevens. mark gice, known as oz, one of six former elite military operatives who talking back that night. >> we knew to get out of there we were going to have to depend on each other, kill them before they kill you. >> reporter: former army ranger chris parento, aka tonto, was also there. >> it was chaotic, not simple firefights and we got home. >> reporter: director michael bay releases "13 hours," the so-called secret soldiers, benghazi's version of what happened. >> this was a really heroic night. i never knew that till i read the book and talked to these guys. >> reporter: in real life, the tragedy triggered massive investigations.
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insufficient security and what then-secretary of state clinton didn't and didn't know. >> what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again. >> reporter: it's already reigniting a firestorm in the midst of a heated presidential race. at last night's debate, republicans pounced on clinton. >> someone who lies to the families of those four victims in benghazi can never be president of the united states. >> 13 hours. tomorrow morning a new movie will debut about the incredible bravery of the men fighting for their lives in benghazi and the politicians that abandoned them. >> a lot of hillary clinton's enemies use this and hold her accountable. do you hold her accountable? >> no. >> you know who i hold accountable is al sharia, that's who attacked them, killed the ambassador. >> reporter: one of the contractors guarding the annex
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>> does it concern you at all this might be used as fodder on one side or the other? >> it doesn't worry because it's going to be used one way or the other. for me the most important thing that i hope people are surprised by is how little, if any, politics are involved in the movie. >> we need immediate assistance -- >> reporter: oz, tonto, and john teigen are coming out of the shadows after writing the book on which the movie is based. they receive a call at 9:42 p.m. from the diplomatic compound a mile away. ambassador stevens needed help. >> if you do not get here soon we are all going to die. >> listen up! none of you have to go. we are the only help they have. >> reporter: the men immediately gear up, raring to race to the rescue. >> two vehicles stage ready, let's go, move!
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version the cia base chief tries to delay them. >> stand down! >> there are congressional reports that suggest that didn't happen. what do you say? >> i didn't see them sitting next to me when they told stand down. >> the cia base chief said what? >> he said, stand down, you need to wait. >> he told me to wait twice. we can have semantics but "stand down" was said. >> it cost the lives of sean smith and ambassador stevens. >> reporter: tonight the cia calling the claims in the movie shameful, a distortion of the events, and denied any standdown order. the base chief told "the washington post," at no time did i ever second-guess the team would depart. the men say the crucial delay crippled their rescue mission. by the time they got there extremists had set fire to the residence with the ambassador inside. tell me about going into a burning building. >> it's -- extreme intense heat, so hot. you instantly start sweating.
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>> reporter: tig suffered lung damage, repeatedly diving back into the black smoke and flames. the team can't locate ambassador stevens. eventually they return to defend the cia annex where they encounter repeated heavy weapons fire. >> a lot of people misunderstand contractors, they think they're either adrenaline junkies or mercenaries out for money. >> we are going to give our lives for others if you need us to do it. we're going to do it, that's how we're bred, raised. >> reporter: and highly trained. but even elite fighters focused on combat have a human side. >> i haven't thought about my family once tonight. >> what would they say about me? he died in a place he didn't need to be in a country that meant nothing to him. >> when you're dedicated enough to become a navy s.e.a.l. you do make that promise to them that you will always be there for your brothers. you've also made the same promise to your family. what a juxtaposition to be in. >> reporter: the men take to the rooftops holding off the militants until one final deadly barrage. >> gee, are we expecting any friendlies? >> i am not aware of any
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obviously was when the mortar fire hit and your arm was badly mangled. >> i start firing. i change magazines. as i'm coming back up the first mortar hits the roof and takes out my arm. >> you continue to try to fight with your arm badly mangled. >> yeah. >> reporter: by dawn, ambassador stevens is pronounced dead of smoke inhalation. and former navy s.e.a.l. tyrone woods and former marine glenn dougherty have both been killed in action. but the team has managed to rescue about 30 other cia workers. the state department later admits the benghazi outpost was woefully undersecured. and though her name isn't mentioned in the movie, it was hillary clinton who was grilled by congress for 11 hours. >> i've lost more sleep than all of you put together. i have been racking my brain about what more could have been done. >> reporter: as for the defense department, in the movie the cia base repeatedly requests military firepower.
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americans are going to die. including the one talking to you right now. >> reporter: later, congressional investigations conclude that while fighter jets and tactical teams were scrambled from the nearest bases, they were too far away to get there in time. >> do you feel like the military let you down? >> we don't want to get into that. we want to tell what happened on the ground and really honor the courage that was taking place. >> you still have shrapnel in your body? >> three pieces in there -- >> reporter: 14 surgeries later oz is still feeling the effects of that night. >> i've got limited feeling in the palm of my hand. i don't have much dexterity with it. it's attached and it works. >> reporter: director michael bay, known for "transformers" and "armageddon" says he was drawn to the story of unsung heroes. >> the extraordinary thing about this story, they did not have to go. when they heard the rpgs and ak fire they volunteered. they were going home to families in a week. >> reporter: the stadium premiere with 30,000 fans benefiting groups like the
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providing medical care for wounded contractors. >> once we get injured, we're out of country, we get no more pay. i got a lot of lung damage over there, trying to get care through the workman's comp. it wasn't working. >> what would you say to the critic hot think you're politically motivated? >> that's the problem, we as a country are so polarized. this i think is something that was done right down the middle. you've got honor, you've got integrity, you've got courage. that's what we need and i hope people come to see this, to bring it back to the center. >> reporter: something perhaps folks on both sides of the aisle can agree on. up next, the tennessee couple who's bidding farewell to the middle class and hello to the uber one percenters of the jet set. later, the crowning achievement for a seattle-area beauty queen. why it's now just all a painful memory.t care who you are. man woman or where you're from.
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you know, literally millions of americans have their dreams of mega wealth through a mega jackpot dashed on wednesday night's powerball drawing. at least three lucky ticket holders did hit it big-time, $1.6 billion, a world record. tonight we're hearing from the tennessee couple, the first winners to come forward to claim their very big slice of the very big powerball pie. abc's steve osunsami has their story. >> reporter: it's a champagne dream come true. meet john and lisa robinson, daughter tiffany, dog abby. >> we're going to take the lump july.
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>> because we're not guaranteed tomorrow. >> amen to that. >> reporter: tonight they're saying good-bye to middle class and hello to uber uber rich. >> congratulations. it's a little piece of the pie. >> reporter: a story you can't help but love. a family from small towel mumford, tennessee, home to one stop light and fewer than 6,000 people. lisa works in a dermatologist's office. her husband at a maintenanceainenance distribution center transfer they live down the street from this grocery store where he's seen on security camera buying the winning ticket. >> i was on my way home from work. she told me, you're going to pick us up a couple lottery tickets? i told her, i really don't feel like picking them up, but i'll stop at the store and buy the tickets. >> reporter: when those lucky balls rolled down one by one on wednesday night, lisa could hardly believe her eyes. >> well, i was running down the hallway screaming and crying. and i said, you got to check the numbers.
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all startled, what, what? he looked at them three or four times and he says, baby, i think these are the right numbers. >> reporter: remember the chaos that broke out at the 7-eleven where winning jackpot ticket was hold in chino hills, california? they were cheering for the all-star clerk. it felt like something out of a movie. >> i'm envious of the winner. i love it. >> reporter: lotto officials gave the owner a $1 million check just for selling the winning ticket. in no time word spread about a california winner. this los angeles nursing home. >> somebody won lotto. >> reporter: cheering for one of their nurses, a mother of seven. >> honestly it couldn't have happened to a nicer person. >> reporter: the party short-lived. the nurse who thought she won said it was an embarrassing prank from her son. her daughter tells the "l.a. times," this is one big misunderstanding. her boss, who bought 18,000 tickets for staff, including
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is a winner. >> she had two hours left to her shift and she stayed the two hours. i was extremely impressed. >> reporter: tonight there remains no confirmation on the winner out west but the nurse in the l.a. suburbs has reportedly shared with her employer that she's going on leave effective immediately until things cool off. as for florida, there's no word yet on the winner there either. the robinsons and the winners still to be identified are especially lucky. all three tickets were sold in states that don't tax lottery winnings or have no state income tax. the jackpot delivered plenty of consolation prizes. $1 million, $2 million winners in at least 26 states who matched 5 of 6 numbers, including a group of preschool teachers in kentucky who rushed to claim their prize. some of them still owe student loan. while winning the big one sounds like a dream come true -- the massive worlds you could buy, cars -- the dream could turn into a nightmare.
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make is acting too quickly. they don't take a breath, they don't take time to figure out what their goals are and how to best achieve them. >> reporter: money adviser susan bradley helps lottery winners avoid the potential crash and burn. >> i learn to ask an important question. what matters to you? what matters most in your life? that starts a conversation. >> reporter: she says sudden life change requires focus. >> if you can anchor into something that is critically important, your deep values, you have a really good shot of having a very good time with this money. >> reporter: sandra hayes, a former winner, agrees. >> make wise investments. you don't want to buy a million-dollar home, necessarily. but you want something a little more than what you had but you have to be within reason. >> reporter: she and 12 of her co-workers won a $224 million powerball jackpot in 2006. when she was a single mom living on food stamps. she's lived the dream while
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>> i paid off my house. the second thing i did was i bought a car. >> reporter: as for the robinsons in tennessee, lotto lawyer jason kerlin says they've way. >> i verified that what you're looking at is right. then i knew i had to do something. >> first thing make sure you're the winner. double-check, triple check your ticket. next, sign the back of the ticket. they did that. i saw at the press conference, she went to the tennessee lottery website and followed the instructions, perfect. hired an attorney, perfect. hired a financial planner, perfect. >> if i had that ticket in my hand all my stresses would just melt away? >> no actually more stress comes with that ticket. >> no one can project and understand what it feels like to be a lottery winner. i worked with many and i can't tell you what they feel. it's very strong. it's emotionally turbulent. it can be wonderful. but it's one of the strongest
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in their life. >> reporter: when they spoke in front of cameras lisa robinson broke down explaining how they now plan to help their daughter. >> our daughter had some -- >> they're going to help me. >> they'll be back to work first thing monday morning. >> that's what we've done all our lives. >> they have the love of their family and a sense of purpose. something even those of us who aren't millionaires can agree is worth more than all the money in the world. i'm steve osunsami for "nightline" in mumford, tennessee. up next, why a dream come true for a seattle-area beauty
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it's just the latest scandal to rock the world of beauty pageants. stormy kefler, miss washington usus resigning in disgrace for not disclosing an incident that got her in trouble with the law. now even top pageant executives are asking fans not to judge. here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> stormy kefler! >> reporter: literally the crowning achievement for seattle-area beauty queen stormy kefler, winning miss washington usa 2016 last october. >> everything was coming true. >> reporter: but tonight it's all just a painful memory. >> i have resigned as miss washington usa. i think that's the best and bravest thing that i could possibly do.
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began when kefler was caught driving with two flat tires. her eyes droopy, bloodshot, watery. her speech was very slurred, according to the police report. >> before this all happened i rarely ever drank. it just happens that the one night that my phone died, couldn't call an uber, it was really the perfect storm that led to this. >> reporter: she pleaded guilty to drunk driving with a blood alcohol reading nearly three times the legal limit. but she never disclosed it to pageant officials. >> everybody's telling me how i should be ashamed of myself, how i'm an unfit role model, all of these things. but -- i mean, there's really nothing that anybody can say that i haven't thought worse about myself. >> reporter: even in light of her legal trouble, she thinks she has qualifications worthy of the crown. >> i still to this day think i am a perfect role model. some days it happens to be the exact role model of what not to do. >> reporter:r:still, the
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>> we have one victim, stab wound, lower abdomen -- >> reporter: seattle police had been investigating a bizarre scene in which kefler was with marco popel, professional soccer player for the seattle sounders, when he was mysteriously stabbed in the stomach. marco is okay, no charges have been filed, kefler was never accused of wrongdoing. tonight the fallen beauty queen won't comment on it. she says she's focusing on rebuilding her reputation. >> i'm still hopeful that i still have the opportunity to change the world. >> reporter: for "nightline" i'm neal karlinsky in seattle. >> that's an object lesson for you. thanks for watching abc news. tune into "good morning america" tomorrow. as always we're online at
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