Aug. 9, 2013 – A group of 16 co-workers from a maintenance garage for the county government in Tom’s River, N.J., say they have one of the three winning Powerball tickets from Wednesday night’s drawing.
Reuters reporter Victoria Cavaliere spoke with their boss, Jim Pine, who confirmed. “Yes, we have 16 county workers from the Vehicle Maintenance Department who have won the lottery,” Pine said.
The group has not yet brought their ticket to the New Jersey Lottery for verification, and Pine said they weren’t sure when they would claim their prize, but told Cavaliere they’d be “going public” next week.
He added that all 16 had continued to show up for work after the drawing.
“”They are the most outstanding, dedicated group of people, and you’ll be so pleased to meet them next week,” Pine said.
The group’s ticket is worth a third of the $448 million jackpot from Wednesday night – about $149 million.
The cash option for their part of the prize is about $86 million, which would leave each member of the group with about $5.3 million.
The winning tickets in New Jersey were bought at an Acme supermarket in Little Egg Harbor, and a Stop & Shop supermarket in South Brunswick.
The third winning ticket was claimed yesterday by Paul White, a 45-year-old engineer from Minnesota who told reporters at a press conference: “I’ve been waiting my whole life for this moment.”
You can read White’s story here.
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 5, 25, 30, 58, 59, and the Powerball was 32.