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Sandy victims turn millionaires after co-workers hit Powerball jackpot in New Jersey

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(PIX11) — Sixteen Ocean County municipal workers are now millionaires and have a chance to heal after Sandy.

The 16 each chipped in for the ticket, but Lisa Presutto was the one who bought the tickets for the group.

When she realized what had happened, “I immediately started shaking, and I’m just staring at it and I didn’t know what to do. I got up, I walked into the hall, I opened up the bedroom door and I had to wake my poor husband up – who was no longer poor!”

The group won a total of $86 million, and about $3.8 million for each winner after taxes.

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The state’s new motto is “New Jersey strong, New Jersey lucky.” Joe Odoardo, who was planning to retire agrees it’s a godsend.

Many of the winners were hit hard by Sandy and saw this as “a blessing from heaven.”

Darlene Riccio knows exactly what she’s going to do with the money. “We lost our home in the storm … we lived there for five years, me and my daughter. I got a little apartment by the storefront, and the first thing I’m going to do is buy me and my daughter a home.”

The state’s new motto is “New Jersey strong, New Jersey lucky.” Joe Odoardo, who was planning to retire agrees it’s a godsend.

“it’s just a miracle, and shocking. After 34 years and almost retiring last year, this happens.”

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