Huge NJ family split $20.1M jackpot, fulfilling late-mom’s wish

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BEACHWOOD, NJ (PIX11) -- A massive New Jersey family has a few million reasons to celebrate Thursday.

One of 17 siblings bought the winning ticket in the New Jersey lottery's Pick-6, winning $20.1 million.

Sigrid Endreson had played the lottery for years, using a methodology passed on to her by her mother.

According to Endreson, her mom Flossie, always had a dream of winning the lottery and splitting her winnings among the family.

After Flossie passed away in 2004 at the age of 85, all the siblings gathered and collected funds to cover expenses for her funeral.

Upon discovering residual funds from the collection, Sigrid decided to start up the lottery pool her mother was at the helm of for so many years.

It was with those funds, according to the Endreson family, that allowed them to win the $20.1 million Lottery Pick-6.

"It was all God that made it happen," a tearful Sigrid told reporters at a press conference at the Beachwood Community Center Thursday afternoon. "He knew exactly what he was doing and exactly how many people were in this family and how much to give."

Some of the siblings who will share in the winnings were victims of Superstorm Sandy.

"It couldn't have come at a better time," family spokesperson Marie McHenry said.

Siblings present at Thursday's press conference did not disclose exactly how the jackpot will be divided.