2 of 3 winning Powerball tickets sold in N.J.

In South Brunswick, where a winner was sold, people Thursday hoped luck struck again.
In South Brunswick, where a winner was sold, people Thursday hoped luck struck again. (AP)
Posted: August 10, 2013

Update: The winning ticket sold in Little Egg Harbor was bought by a group of 16 employees from the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department, their boss confirmed Friday. They will not come foreward to claim the prize and reveal their identities until next week, said Jim Pine, the department's director.

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Two of three winning tickets of the $448.4 million Powerball were sold in the Garden State, officials said, though as of Thursday night no one had come forward to claim the prizes.

The jackpot will be divided among the two New Jersey winners and a third winner in Minnesota.

Each ticket is worth $149.46 million if the winner takes the money in 30 annual payments or about $86 million before taxes if the winner chooses the one-time cash option.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, which cited county officials, one of the New Jersey winners was a group of 16 employees from the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department.

The New Jersey winning tickets were sold at the Super Stop & Shop on Summerfield Boulevard in South Brunswick and at Acme Markets on Route 9 South in Little Egg Harbor.

On Thursday afternoon dozens of residents stopped into the Acme, which has been in business for nearly 30 years, to celebrate and speculate about who won the top prize.

"They're very happy," assistant food director George Dinis said in a phone interview. "We haven't heard from the winner, but according to some customers who are coming in, it was a local, which would be really nice."

Dinis said the early-morning employees found out that the store sold the winning ticket after seeing news trucks parked outside.

The store, which will receive a bonus from the New Jersey Lottery, will donate $5,000 to a local food bank and $5,000 to nonprofits helping with Hurricane Sandy recovery, Dinis said.

While the Jersey winners kept quiet, the new Minnesota millionaire, a 45-year-old suburban Minneapolis man, claimed his one-third of the jackpot just hours after realizing he won.

Paul White, a project engineer from Ham Lake, said at a news conference at Minnesota State Lottery headquarters Thursday: "I don't want to work for anybody else for the rest of my life for a paycheck."

The winning numbers were: 05, 25, 30, 58, and 59. The Powerball number was: 32.

Wednesday's jackpot comes only a few months after the biggest Powerball jackpot in history - a $590 million pot won in Florida by an 84-year-old widow.


Contact Julia Terruso at 267-639-8288, @juliaterruso, or jterruso@phillynews.com

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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