UNDATED (CBS) - A group of county workers from the Jersey Shore have come forward to claim their share of last week's Powerball jackpot. Among them are several victims of Superstorm Sandy and a woman whose late father actually wrote the state's lottery law.
Willie Seeley and his coworkers from the Ocean County Vehicle Services Department will each take home $3.8 million after taxes. He says, "Just a miracle, and shocking. After 34 years and almost retiring last year, this happens."
The odds of winning were about one in 175 million, leaving this tight-knit group feeling extremely lucky. Especially considering some of them were hard hit during Superstorm Sandy. Darlene Riccio says, "The first thing I'm going to do is buy me and my daughter a home and bring my dog back home."
The winning ticket came from an Acme Store in Little Egg Harbor along the Jersey Shore. Lisa Presutto was the first to realize they'd hit the jackpot. She says, "I immediately just started shaking. I'm just staring at it I didn't know what do to. So I got up, I walked down the hall, opened bedroom door and had to wake my poor husband up, who was no longer poor!"
In a remarkable twist, one of the winners is the daughter of the state senator who years ago created New Jersey's lottery law. Barbara Jo Riivald says, "I couldn't ask for a better dad, and I wish he was here. This is a real special moment and I thank you all."
As for the future, these newly minted millionaires say they're keeping it simple. Seeley says, "I'm just going to continue watching Nascar racing on Sunday, maybe I'll be on my log cabin on multiple acres of land."