-- A New Jersey woman who hit the $20-million Pick-6 jackpot said she plans to share the winning with 19 relatives.
Sigrid Endreson said she has played the lottery for years, continuing a routine that her mother kept. She plans to share the jackpot with 16 of her siblings, aged between 53 and 76 years old, and three children of a brother who died a few years ago.
The split is not equal but it is based on her mother’s wishes, Endreson said.
Endreson said her mother, Flossie Endreson, always dreamed of winning the lottery and splitting the winnings among the family. After she died in 2004 at the age of 85, the siblings gathered and collected funds to cover her funeral expenses.
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When Sigrid Endreson discovered that there were remaining funds from the collection, she said she decided to start up the lottery pool for her mother. Ten years later, the mother’s dream came true -- Endreson hit the jackpot.
“There were three or four family members that have lost their homes in Sandy,” family spokeswoman Marie McHenry said in a news conference today. The brother "who lost his life [was] a dedicated state worker and father."
“It couldn’t come at a better time. It really couldn’t,” McHenry said.
Sigrid Endreson chose the lump sum option, so the actual prize is $14,158,641. She will get about $10 million after taxes.
The ticket was purchased at a local 7-Eleven in Ocean County, New Jersey. It was a quick pick ticket and only one game board was purchased for $1.