Second N.J. Powerball Winner Claims Jackpot Prize

Aug. 23, 2013 – More than two weeks since the first of three Powerball jackpot tickets was claimed, the holder of the final ticket – one of two sold in New Jersey – has come forward to claim his third of the $448 million jackpot.

New Jersey Lottery Spokeswoman Judith Drucker announced today that the winning ticket sold in South Brunswick, N.J., belonged to Mario Scarnici of Monmouth Junction, N.J. reported that Scarnici and his two adult sons arrived at the South Brunswick Stop & Shop to claim their ticket Friday, and that Scarnici told the Lottery he always bought his lottery tickets at that location.

Scarnici joins Paul White of Ham Lake, Minn. and a group of 16 municipal auto workers from Ocean County, N.J. – better known as “Ocean’s 16” – as a winner of roughly $150 million.

Scarnici chose the lump sum cash option for his prize, worth about $86 million before taxes.  After state and federal taxes are withheld, he can expect to receive about $61 million from the New Jersey Lottery.

The Stop & Shop will get a $30,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The family did not give any statement after claiming the win, and Drucker told that she was not sure if any more details would be released.


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Written by Matt Isaacs

Matt is the Editorial Manager for the LotteryHUB News Team. Matt graduated from Rutgers University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in May 2013