Sixteen workers from a county garage in a New Jersey shore community hit hard by Superstorm Sandy have one of the three winning tickets in the $448 million Powerball jackpot, and some even came to work for a second straight day after learning they would be multimillionaires, county officials said.
“We are absolutely delighted for this group, a real down-to-earth hardworking bunch of people,” Ocean County spokeswoman Donna Flynn said Friday.
A Minnesota man has already claimed his third of Wednesday’s jackpot. The holder of the third winning ticket, purchased at a supermarket in South Brunswick, N.J., has not come forward yet.
Each ticket, if taken as a lump-sum payment, is worth $58 million after taxes. All 16 showed up to work Thursday, and some were also back on the job Friday.
“They’re asking for their privacy now,” Flynn said, adding that the lottery agency was planning a news conference this week. “This is a wonderful thing to happen to Ocean County after all the difficulties we’ve gone through with Superstorm Sandy.”