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
16 Jersey Workers Share Powerball Prize
A Powerball lottery form is filled out prior to Wednesday's drawing.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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. (More Powerball stories.)

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