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N.J. couple claims $70M Powerball jackpot

Mar 26, 2012, 5:56 pm

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'Can't win it if you're not in it'

Tomorrow is Celeste Tamburello's 15-year anniversary at her job. It's also the day the new millionaire will put in her two weeks notice.

After buying a lottery ticket every week for the past eight years, Tamburello and her husband, Joseph, discovered Saturday night they bought the winning ticket to a $70 million Powerball jackpot.

Since they chose the lump sum option, the Tinton Falls, New Jersey, couple will take home $41.5 million before taxes.

"It's unbelievable," said Celeste Tamburello, 41. "I just never in a million years thought a $2 lottery ticket would turn into a $70 million Powerball ticket."

The couple bought the "quick pick" ticket at Little Silver Family Pharmacy last Sunday. On Friday night, Joseph Tamburello's sister called to tell them that's where the winning ticket to that Wednesday's jackpot had been sold.

Joseph Tamburello ran and got the ticket, while his wife pulled up the winning numbers.

One by one she read out the numbers. Each time, her husband said, "Got it."

Then she read out the powerball number, which was 6.

"He jumps up, said 'Oh my God it's us," she said. "We were just like screaming, the dogs were barking, my sister-in-law was crying."

They checked the ticket and re-checked it over the weekend, and showed up at lottery headquarters in Trenton this morning. They spoke briefly to reporters there this afternoon and were presented with a fictitious check for $70 million.

The couple, who have no children, have a few immediate plans to spend the money when they receive the real check in a few weeks.

"My wife wants a Cadillac," said Tamburello, 53. They also want to travel outside of the United States and take their family on a big vacation.

She works for Compass Group, a food services company, and will put in her two weeks notice tomorrow. He's a self-employed computer consultant and plans to scale back his work.

New Jersey is home to one other Powerball winner, Sandra McNeil, a Morristown resident who won $211 million on March 13, 2010.

Powerball is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Meanwhile, the Mega Millions jackpot has hit $363 million, the third largest jackpot ever, in advance of a Tuesday night drawing, leading lottery officials to dub the season "March Madness."

Celeste Tamburello said she will be buying a ticket for the Mega Millions drawing as well, and doesn't plan to stop playing the lottery.

"You can't win it if you're not in it," she said.

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mightwin's avatar - questns

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Posted: March 26, 2012, 6:14 pm - IP Logged

Congrats to them.......with that win powerballs average jackpot won is lowered yet again

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    Posted: March 26, 2012, 6:15 pm - IP Logged

    That will be me Wednesday morning

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      Posted: March 26, 2012, 6:51 pm - IP Logged

      This is so nice. They will be able to retire young and be able to devote time, resources and energy to whatever they love to do.

      I have not played powerball since they hiked the price to $2 but judging by the rate the JP is being hit  I think I will return.

      That money's gone fo ever

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        Posted: March 26, 2012, 7:01 pm - IP Logged

        next JP about 70 miles to their south. Wink

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          Posted: March 26, 2012, 7:07 pm - IP Logged

          I always wonded why do you have to give a press conference and why people do it? I would have waited and formed a trust. now they have to worry about all the unwanted press. boy i tell ya the media are diseased vultures for story. to bad for the mm winners.bring on the circus. I would have waited.

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            Posted: March 26, 2012, 7:24 pm - IP Logged

            Congrats to the winners.  I hope that the money allows them to expand their happiness and that they stay together to weather the future as one.

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              Posted: March 26, 2012, 7:29 pm - IP Logged

              8 years in for $70 million, not bad. 

              Congratulations.

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                Posted: March 26, 2012, 7:55 pm - IP Logged

                The 2/25/2012 $70M  PB jackpot was won with an $8 Quick Pick Ticket. The winning combination was on the first line of the 4 lines ticket. Powerball is generating more jackpots winners than Mega millions since the new game matrix went in effect.

                Playing the lottery is a Win or Lose situation no matter how many tickets we buy. They spent $2 for a ticket and won $70M.

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                  Posted: March 26, 2012, 8:02 pm - IP Logged

                  Congrats to them.......with that win powerballs average jackpot won is lowered yet again

                  Congrats to the winners......Hurray!

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                    Posted: March 26, 2012, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

                    I always wonded why do you have to give a press conference and why people do it? I would have waited and formed a trust. now they have to worry about all the unwanted press. boy i tell ya the media are diseased vultures for story. to bad for the mm winners.bring on the circus. I would have waited.

                    Some states mandate it.  They claim it gives all players confidence that real people are winning the jackpots.

                    I've always wondered what would happen if you lived in one of those states and refused to do the dog and pony show.  Would they force you to forfeit the prize?

                    Patriot

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                      Posted: March 26, 2012, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

                      I'm gonna buy a PB ticket when it gets to $70M. lol

                      Gonna win.Big Smile

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                        Posted: March 26, 2012, 8:17 pm - IP Logged

                               Congrats to them  !! They should have formed a blind trust and get a financial advisor just to start off right . Now the have to worry about every so many issues .

                        Chasing Maverick's ! Win Big & Win Often ...

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                          Posted: March 26, 2012, 8:20 pm - IP Logged

                          I'm gonna buy a PB ticket when it gets to $70M. lol

                          $70M, $60M, $70M had been won since the new game matrix went in effect. The $336M jackpot does not count since it had ticket sales from the old game matrix. Powerball is generating more jackpot winners than mega millions. Good Luck.

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                            Posted: March 26, 2012, 8:45 pm - IP Logged

                            Tomorrow will be my lucky day.