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16 NJ garage workers ready to collect on Powerball ticket

The New Jersey county employees who will split a massive Powerball jackpot hold a giant replica check at the state lottery offices on Monday. New Jersey Lottery

The New Jersey county employees who will split a massive Powerball jackpot 16 ways have arrived at the state lottery offices to validate their winning ticket.

The New Jersey Lottery posted photos of the group — employees of an Ocean County garage who have now been dubbed "Ocean's 16" — on Instagram and Twitter, including one with a giant replica check.

Each of them put in $6 to buy lottery tickets and they will get about $9 million before taxes if the group chose a 30-year annuity payout, or about $5 million before taxes if they chose a single payment.

The workers hail from Toms River, N.J., a community that was hard-hit by superstorm Sandy. One of the winners, Sue Nickel, told NBC New York over the weekend that the money will help her family recover from the disaster.

"I feel like I'm asleep and I'm going to be pinched and wake up," she said.