16 Jersey Workers Share Powerball Prize
They'll split $58.3M after taxes; one of 3 winning tickets
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2013 6:51 AM CDT
A Powerball lottery form is filled out prior to Wednesday's drawing.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Tough not to feel pretty good about the group that will claim one of this week's winning Powerball tickets: 16 blue-collar workers from a New Jersey community slammed by Superstorm Sandy. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the 16 are workers in the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department. They bought one of three winning tickets worth $58.3 million after taxes. If they split a lump-sum payment, they'll each get about $3.6 million. All showed up at work yesterday.

“I couldn’t be more happy for them," says the department chief. "They’re a group of wonderful, hardworking people, and them showing up for work today ought to tell you something." They bought the ticket at a store in Little Egg Harbor, where about 5,000 homes were damaged by Sandy last year. The first Powerball winner to come forward was a Minnesota man. One more winner, also from New Jersey, has yet to come forward, reports AP.

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crackalacka
Aug 9, 2013 10:29 AM CDT
"They’re a group of wonderful, hardworking people, and them showing up for work today ought to tell you something." Yeah, sure... Keep telling yourself they didn't show up to work because they're in shock and going through the last of their normal daily schedules cause they don't know what to do with themselves. I guarantee 100% that the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department has 16 new positions open.
got2befree
Aug 9, 2013 8:21 AM CDT
Great...sixteen new Republicans! lol
cornelison
Aug 9, 2013 7:19 AM CDT
Spend it wisely, see a financial planner and change your telephone number frequently.