Nightly News   |  August 09, 2013

N.J. lotto winners worked round-the-clock during Sandy

In New Jersey’s Little Egg Harbor a group of 16 workers from the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department purchased one of the winning Powerball tickets. They will each collect $3.6 million. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>>> we don't know yet who they are, but we do know there are 16 of them and tonight they're among the luckiest people in the world. it turns out they hold one of three winning powerball tickets, they'll share $149 million. they're from a town on the jersey shore still recovering from hurricane sandy. nbc's katie tour is in little egg harbor tonight for us. katie?

>> good evening, lester. the lotto winners in a moment. let's start with some context, we're here in little egg harbor in ocean county one of the areas hid hardest by the storm. a lot of the homes still look like this without floors. that's why they could use a little bit of good news around here. they got it yesterday, when it was confirmed that a group of workers from the ocean county workers maintenance department believe they purchased one of the three winning powerball tickets here in little egg. a group of men and women who worked around the clock during sandy. we don't know much about them, but what we do know, they're moms and dads, and some worked two jobs and some were about to retire. when all is said and done, they'll get $3.6 million. not enough to quits their jobs for, but enough to lift the collective spirits.