A New Jersey woman who said she is a part of the 16 co-workers from Ocean County, N.J., who won a slice of a $448 million Powerball jackpot last week has broken the silence surrounding the win.
"I'm still up in the clouds. I can't even tell you. I'm so excited," Susan Nickel, 63, of Eagleswood, N.J., told ABC Action News (WPVI-TV, Philadelphia).
16 employees of the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department in Toms
River, N.J., will share a third of the multimillion-dollar jackpot; two
other winning jackpot tickets were sold from a Super Stop & Shop in
South Brunswick, N.J., and a store in Anoka County, Minn.
taxes, the county employees will split about $62 million. Nickel's
share is about $3.5 million. The group bought their ticket at the Acme
supermarket in Little Egg Harbor, N.J.
Nickel told ABC she will use the money to enable her husband to retire, but will continue working toward her pension.
"I want my husband to retire. I'm not, but I want him to. He's worked a long time," she said.
With the rest of the money, she plans to fix up her home that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy, she said.
Nickel's boss James Pine told ABC that the group knew they won the lottery, yet continued to come to work Thursday.
"That tells you a lot about who they are," he said.
Nickel said she was very thankful for the win.
Jersey lottery officials said the group has not yet come forward to
claim the win, but expect one of the two New Jersey jackpot ticket
holders to do so Monday.
Paul White of Ham Lake, Minn., stepped forward to claim the Anoka County winnings last week.