Second New Jersey Powerball Winner Claims Prize
The second winning ticket from New Jersey for the recent $448 million Powerball lottery jackpot has been presented and a third of the big prize claimed.
It is extremely rare to have two winning jackpot tickets in the same state; the last time anything similar happened was in December 1993 when two players in Washington D.C. had winning tickets.
There were three winning tickets sold in the August 7 Powerball draw, two in New Jersey and one in Minnesota. According to New Jersey officials the third ticket was claimed by Mario Scarnici of Monmouth Junction.
Scarnici bought his winning ticket at a Super Stop and Shop store.
When asked he said, “I go in the store and buy a newspaper and lottery tickets.” He went on to say that he will share the money with his two sons. Scarnici chose to receive the money in cash and after federal and state taxes he will receive around $62 million.
The second New Jersey jackpot winner was a jointly-held ticket claimed by a group of New Jersey co-workers. Called the “Ocean’s 16” a number of the group had lost properties in Superstorm Sandy and another is the daughter of a man who helped to write New Jersey’s lottery law.