Friday August 9 2013 – News travels fast when it comes to big Powerball winners and rumors travel even faster. So when speculation into the identity of the Little Egg Harbour New Jersey Powerball winners began yesterday, most reporters took the unsubstantiated rumors with a pinch of salt. However, despite there being no official word from the NJ Lottery, it now seems certain that one of the three winning Powerball tickets, worth $149.4 million each, belongs to a syndicate of 16 vehicle workers.
The group, who have been nicknamed “Oceans 16”, are thought to be garage workers for Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance who purchased their usual tickets for their office pool from Acme in Little Egg Harbour. Although none of the group have been named, their department manager, Jim Pine, confirmed to local media earlier today that his employees were in fact the winners.
“I couldn’t be more happy for them,” he told the Atlantic City Press, “They’re a group of wonderful, hardworking people, and them showing up for work today ought to tell you something.”
There has also been excitement at the Acme store (pictured below) which stands to receive $30,000 for selling the winning ticket. Phil Weber, director of the store, has pledged to donate $10,000 in gift cards to local charities, as many residents of the Little Egg Harbor area are still struggling from the effects of Superstorm Sandy last year.
It is thought that some of the alleged winning syndicate members were also affected by the storm, which caused a total of $65 billion in damage across the US in October 2012, making millions homeless and killing at least 73 people. Over 5,000 homes were damaged in the seaside township of Little Egg Harbor, with many residents – including some employees of the Acme store – still out of their homes today.
Although still waiting for the NJ Lottery to officially confirm the win, which potentially could see each member of the syndicate win up to $5 million each (before tax), residents in Little Egg Harbor are thrilled with the idea that the prize will be going to members of the community who deserve some a little luck.
Stay tuned to LotteryWorld for the latest news on the winners as and when it breaks.
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