Three months ago, a massive $448 million Powerball jackpot was won by three winners with two of them residing in New Jersey with the third buying the ticket in Minnesota. The media focused its attention on the group of 16 Ocean County Vehicle Services Department employees from NJ whose syndicate split $148 million. The third winner finally stepped forward to claim his share of the prize and opted for the down payment which means that he will receive $62 million after paying all state and federal taxes.
Powerball winner stays out of the spotlight
Many lottery winners value their privacy and Mario Scarnici appears to be one of them as the winner of a share of the $448 million Powerball jackpot decided not to talk to the media. He held no press conference and keeps a low profile, something that lottery officials with respect and refrain from disclosing additional information about him. Some info still transpired in the media and what we know is that Mario has been playing the lottery for a while, buying the tickets together with the daily newspaper.
The latest lottery winner doesn’t seem to be superstitious and doesn’t have a set of favorite numbers, using the Quick Pick method of selecting numbers. All three tickets purchased for the Powerball had numbers generated by the computer and six of them proved to be winners. He didn’t tell lottery officials or anyone for that matter what he plans to do with the money, only that he will share the amount with his two adult sons. By cashing in on the third portion of the $448 million Powerball jackpot, Mr. Scarnici has removed any burden of debt he might have struggled with and can be optimistic about the future.
Testing the waters before claiming the prize
After he learned that he is one of the three $448 million Powerball jackpot winner, Mario wanted to make sure he understands exactly what’s at stake. In order to clarify matters he visited the New Jersey Lottery headquarters twice to learn more about the process and the actual amount. Only after he got all his ducks in a row, he decided to claim his prize on August 22, 15 days after the drawing.
This was not the only occasion when the Powerball lottery made several big-time millionaires in a single day, but it was also the second time in history when two of them were from the same state. It makes no difference that one of the winners was in fact a group of people who played as a syndicate, because two tickets were sold in New Jersey. The last time this happened was in 1993 when two players from Washington DC won the main prize in this lottery.
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