Do You Have a $2 Million Powerball Ticket? NJ’s Biggest Winner Still a Mystery
A group of hospital workers has come forward as having won $50,000 in Wednesday's $1.6 billion dollar Powerball drawing — but New Jersey's newest millionaires have not yet revealed themselves.
A group of 31 MRI and ultrasound technicians from Kennedy Hospital in Voorhees holds one of the 43 $50,000 winning tickets sold in New Jersey. Lilianne Bartuccio, one of the members of the group, told Townsquare Media the group's members were "one number shy of being billiionaires instead of thousandaires" and said each member of the group will win $1,600 after taxes.
"We were just as excited as if we had won the whole thing. It was really a great experience for all of us" adding that everyone at Kennedy from the CEO on down has been celebrating the win," Bartuccio said.
Bartuccio said the group won on the last ticket played by Angelo Espiritu, the organizer of the pool.
"Angelo was walking out to play the tickets and said 'last call.' We were encouraged to play," and workers were covering each other get in the pool, Bartuccio said. "If we hadn't done that we probably wouldn't have got those last four tickets. It was really good karma that went around."
Bartuccio's plan for the money is to put it toward tuition for her son's private school.
"It's a drop in the bucket but it's more than I had yesterday," she said.
A ticket worth $2 million from the drawing was sold at Wawa in Westampton because the player added a Powerplay multiplier whicle, doubled a $1 million prize. A second ticket worth $1 million was sold at a 7-Eleven in Jamesburg. Neither winner has revealed themselves.
Word of the win has made the Jamesburg store a popular destination to play the lottery.
"Once they heard the news, more people came in to buy. They are still coming in to buy tickets," owner Sunil Patel told NJ Advance Media.
A winning ticket that large was a new experience for the Wawa store.
"We have not had this big of a prize so this is a first for this location," Tim Romm, Wawa general manager, told Fox 29.
There were also 43 tickets sold in New Jersey for matching 5 numbers without the Powerball worth $50,000 each. Three tickets for the biggest lottery jackpot ever offered in the United States were sold in Flordia, California and Tennessee. Only the holder of the Tennessee ticket has come forward.
The winning numbers were 4,8,19,27,34 with a Powerball of 10.