Powerball Winners: 16 Co-Workers From New Jersey Car Repair Shop Share $86 Million

Powerball Winners: 16 Co-Workers From New Jersey Car Repair Shop Share $86 Million

The Powerball winners from New Jersey will have to bust out a calculator to split up their winning ticket.

One of the three winning tickets for Wednesday’s $448 million jackpot came from a group of 16 workers from a county garage in Tom’s River. New Jersey officials said the winning Powerball ticket was sold at the Acme Market in Little Egg Harbor, a region of the state still rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy that has close to 5,000 homes damaged.

Jim Pine, the director of the Ocean County vehicle maintenance department, said the winners are a hard-working and deserving group.

“They’re really a great group of people. This is my staff. They’re right now trying to work through this. They got lucky,” Pine told the Press of Atlantic City.

The Powerball winners will each get about $3.8 million after taxes.

On Thursday a suburban Minneapolis man, another winner of the jackpot, also came forward to claim his prize. Paul White, a 45-year-old from Ham Lake, said after he discovered his winning ticket he ran laps around the contracting firm where he works.

White works as a project engineer at Elliott Contracting, and after he read the winning numbers asked several people to confirm that he matched the numbers 5-25-30-58-59 and Powerball number 32.

The Powerball winner took his ticket to the Minnesota Lottery officer, where he opted for a lump sum payment of $86 million, which after taxes equates to $58.3 million.

White said he had imagined many times what it would be like to win the lottery, which was part of the reason he came forward so quickly.

“I have been waiting for this moment all my life,” White said.

While the Powerball winners in Minnesota and New Jersey have come forward, there is still no word on the third winning ticket, which was also sold in New Jersey.

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