Jersey Shore municipal workers win big in Powerball
Two of three winning tickets in this week's $448 million Powerball jackpot were sold in New Jersey, including one in Little Egg Harbor, a coastal town hit hard by last year's storm.
"After the bad luck of last year you can say that our luck has turned," Carole Hedinger, the New Jersey Lottery's executive director, said Thursday.
Sixteen workers from a county garage in Little Egg Harbor came forward with one of the three winning tickets, and some even came to work for a second straight day after learning they would be multimillionaires, county officials said.
In Minnesota, where the other winning ticket was sold, a 45-year-old project engineer claimed his third of Wednesday's jackpot. The holder of the third winning ticket, also from New Jersey, has not come forward yet.
Each ticket, if taken as a lump-sum payment, is worth $58 million after taxes. All 16 county workers showed up to work Thursday, and some were also back on the job Friday, Flynn said.
Just five months ago, 44-year-old Pedro Quezada of Passaic was the sole winner of a Powerball drawing worth about $152 million after taxes.
Lottery officials said the store where the winning ticket was sold, Acme, and the Super Stop & Shop in South Brunswick, the other store that sold a winning ticket, would each get $30,000.
Phil Weber, director of the Acme Markets store where the winning ticket was sold, said Thursday that the store would donate $10,000 in gift cards to local charities.
Some store employees are still out of their homes more than nine months after the storm.