Susan Nickel, 63, of West Creek, New Jersey is the first person to come forward from the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department as on of their lucky winners, reports The Press of Atlantic City.
Their winning ticket is one of three winners, the other was claimed in Lake Ham, Minnesota by Paul White, a 45-year-old structural engineer. The other ticket has yet to be claimed having also been bought in New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Nickel’s winning ticket was purchased at Acme store in Little Egg Harbor Township.
Here’s what you need to know…
1. She Nearly Lost His Home in Hurricane Sandy
Susan celebrated with her husband Ed at their home on Dock Road in West Creek. Their home had been gutted by Hurricane Sandy with Susan and Ed having to battle seven foot of water. Having owned the home since 1999, the money will go some way to getting back to normal. They celebrated with their dog Molly and a 10-month-old Labrador Retriever they bought at the storm, naming her, appropriately, Sandy.
2. She’s Going to Keep Working
Nickel plans to keep working at Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department, having worked there for 23 years. However she wants her husband, Ed, 66, to retire. Having worked as a plumbing inspector for 50 years having dropped out of high school to go into his family plumbing business.
3. Their Air Force Son is on His Way to Celebrate With His Family
The couple have been married for 45 years. They have two children. Their son, also Ed, returned from Virginia where he serves in the Air Force to be with his family on this special occasion.
4. Nickel’s Facebook Page is Covered in Photos of Her Family
Judging by Nickel’s Facebook page she is loving family woman who cites her interests as:
Love spending time with my Family, Flowers,Boating,Crabbing & Geo Cashing.
5. She Stands to Net Nearly $4 Million
The syndicate’s share of the jackpot is $149.4 million before taxes. The group will have to wait two weeks to collect his money. If they decide to go for the one-off payment, each worker will receive around $3.87 million.