By Cleve Bryan
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBS) — A group of Ocean County vehicle service workers dubbed the “Ocean’s 16” proudly presented their checks Tuesday afternoon.
The $448 million Powerball Jackpot has a cash payout of $258 million and with three winners, the Ocean’s 16 group will split after taxes almost $62 million.
That means there are 16 county workers with just about $3.9 million reasons to each smile.
“I’m just going to continue watching NASCAR racing on Sunday, maybe I’ll be at my log cabin on multiple acres of land,” said winner William Seeley.
Lisa Presutto bought the winning ticket at the ACME on Route 9 in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey and she admits there wasn’t a strategy.
“I went to ACME that day to pick up our group tickets because I needed to pick up my prescriptions from the pharmacy and I needed to pick up a few things for dinner,” says Presutto.
Winner Barbara Riivald seemed almost destined to win since her father, the late N.J. State Senator John F. Brown, is credited with starting the New Jersey Lottery.
There were also stories in the group of second chances since several people had their homes damaged or destroyed during Super Storm Sandy.
“We lost our home in the storm, I was just renting, we didn’t own it, but we were living there for five years, me and my daughter,” says Darlene Riccio. “The first thing I’m going to do is buy me and my daughter a home and bring my dog back home.”