Sixteen workers from a county garage in a New Jersey shore community hit hard by Hurricane 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 outside the county vehicle maintenance department.
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 in central New Jersey, has not come forward yet.
Each of the winning tickets, if taken as a lump-sum payment, is worth $58 million after taxes.
All 16 county workers showed up to work Thursday, and some were also back on the job Friday, Flynn said.
"This is a wonderful thing to happen to Ocean County after all the difficulties we've gone through," she said.
Ocean County received some of the heaviest damage from Sandy in October and is still recovering from the storm, which made landfall just miles from the supermarket where the 16 workers' winning ticket was purchased, in Little Egg Harbor.
Flynn said she did not know whether any of the winners had property damage from the storm.
In Ham Lake, Minn., Paul White, 45, a project engineer, revealed his good fortune Thursday. He said he had "been waiting for this day my entire life."