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'Lucky Jersey' for real: State's 2nd winner in Powerball jackpot claims prize

By Gabe LaMonica, CNN
updated 10:04 PM EDT, Mon August 26, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Two winners in the same state share massive jackpot
  • A third winner in the August 7 drawing was in Minnesota

(CNN) -- New Jersey's second winning ticket in the recent $448 million Powerball lottery jackpot has been presented and a third of the big prize claimed, state lottery officials said Monday.

Having two winning jackpot tickets in the same state is rare -- the last time anything close to that happened was December 22, 1993, when two players in Washington, D.C., had winning tickets.

Three winning tickets were sold in the August 7 Powerball draw -- two in New Jersey and one in Minnesota.

Sandy victims among the 'Ocean's 16' Powerball winners

Mario Scarnici, of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, claimed the final third, New Jersey officials said.

Scarnici purchased his winning ticket at a Super Stop and Shop store. "I go in the store and buy a newspaper and lottery tickets," said Scarnici, who will distribute to his two adult sons some of the $62 million he chose to receive in cash, after federal and state taxes were withheld.

The other New Jersey jackpot winner was a jointly-held ticket claimed by a group of New Jersey co-workers on August 12. Called the "Ocean's 16," several winners suffered property losses in Superstorm Sandy, and one is the daughter of a man who helped write New Jersey's lottery law.

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