‘Ocean’s 16′ to discuss Powerball windfall in NJ

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The “Ocean’s 16,” as a group of public employees on the Jersey shore has been dubbed after snagging one of three winning tickets in last week’s $448 million Powerball jackpot, are gathering Tuesday to discuss the windfall.

New Jersey lottery officials say the Ocean County workers will appear together at an afternoon news conference in Toms River, where they work for the Vehicle Services department. The event comes one day after the nine women and seven men claimed their share of the jackpot.

The check was for more than $86 million, the lump-sum value of their ticket. Lottery officials say each worker will get about $3.8 million after taxes.

The winning ticket was sold in Little Egg Harbor Township, just miles from where the center of Superstorm Sandy made landfall in October, causing heavy damage along coastal Ocean County.

Lottery spokeswoman Judith Drucker said at least six of the Powerball winners were affected by the storm, with some suffering flood damage. The workers dubbed themselves “Ocean’s 16″ in a play on the “Ocean’s Eleven” series of movies.

A suburban Minneapolis man, project engineer Paul White, claimed one of the Powerball prizes last week. The holder of the third winning ticket, sold in South Brunswick, N.J., has not yet come forward.

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