(NEW YORK) — The daughter of the man who is credited as the “father of the New Jersey lottery” is expected to come forward Tuesday to claim her piece of a whopping $448 million Powerball jackpot.
Barbara Jo Riivald, the daughter of late New Jersey state senator John F. Brown, is among the group of Ocean County vehicle services department employees, dubbed the “Ocean’s 16,” who held one of the three lucky tickets from last week’s drawing.
“We were very excited to hear that [Sen. Brown’s] his daughter was one of the Ocean’s 16 winners,” said Judy Drucker, public relations manager for the New Jersey State Lottery.
Brown, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 84, sponsored legislation that led to the creation of the state lottery and was an early proponent of casino gambling in Atlantic City.
Drucker said Riivald told her she was proud of her father’s connection to the lottery and believed he was an “angel on her shoulder,” helping her win.
Riivald, along with her Ocean County co-workers who took part in the pool, are scheduled to make their first public appearance together at a news conference in Toms River Tuesday afternoon.
The nine women and seven men posed on Monday with a giant $86 million check, the lump-sum value of their ticket. Each worker will get about $3.8 million after taxes, according to lottery officials.
The winning ticket was sold in Little Egg Harbor Township, just miles from where the center of Superstorm Sandy made landfall in October, causing heavy damage along coastal Ocean County.
Paul White, 45, of Ham Lake, Minn., who works for an electrical contractor, had previously claimed one-third of the jackpot.
The third winning ticket was also sold in New Jersey at a Stop & Shop in South Brunswick. The winner has still not come forward.
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