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Retired trucker wins $1M NJ Lottery 'second chance' jackpot

Mar 6, 2020, 2:49 pm

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ASBURY PARK, N.J. — James Wood shot up out of his seat Friday the second his name was called. He had the feeling all week that this would be his day.

The Little Egg Harbor man, a retired trucker, won $1 million in Asbury Park Convention Hall at the New Jersey Lottery Million Dollar Replay event. 

He turned and gave a tearful hug to his brother-in-law, Jeffrey Brook, who accompanied him to Friday's event, which you can see in the video above. 

The part Wood, 56, was most excited for was telling his 16-year-old daughter after school that he won.

"I told her I'm going to send a limo for her if I won," Wood said. He said he planned two vacations, one of which was going to be to Hawaii. The other? "I'm going to Disneyland," Wood said. He also said he would give his brother-in-law a new patio.

The year-long NJ Lottery Million Dollar Replay program offers lottery players a second chance to win cash with eligible, non-winning instant tickets. Fourteen other winners received cash prizes ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. 

“This is the ninth consecutive year that New Jersey Lottery has held this spectacular event to provide lottery players with second chances to win cash prizes with previously non-winning scratch-off game tickets," New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James Carey said. "Our semi-finalists were in the audience to experience the anticipation, excitement and potential of becoming a millionaire,” Carey said.

Also awarded during the event were the following secondary prizes:

  • Two (2) winners of $100,000
  • Three (3) winners of $50,000
  • Four (4) winners of $25,000
  • Five (5) winners of $10,000

VIDEO: Watch the winning moment


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Cassie8620's avatar - oGH0ok
United States
Member #180566
March 13, 2017
4572 Posts


Congrats. I am very happy for this nj man,retired. 


utilize it wisely,so it'll last.White Bounce


#invest $$$

---Winnings in 2020: $22,000...Let's Go NC !!!Banana Time 2 break the bank, baby!

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    music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
    USN United States Navy
    Fresno, California
    United States
    Member #157851
    August 2, 2014
    3959 Posts

    Very good luck for James Wood. James is retired at the age of 56? Excellent career planning.

     Now to fund his retirement and enjoy life.

     "We are all in this together!" 

      Artist77's avatar - batman14

      United States
      Member #121741
      January 16, 2012
      7770 Posts

      Egg Harbor? Where is our good egg Haymaker from Egg Harbor?

      Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

        New Member

        United States
        Member #205002
        March 7, 2020
        1 Posts

        I'm glad you won..after driving them ol large cars all your life I know you deserve it. I've drove a few myself. Enjoy your good fortune.

          MsDiamond600's avatar - Lottery-012.jpg
          United States
          Member #182195
          June 6, 2017
          7679 Posts

          This is amazing so happy for Mr. Wood.  Asbury, my home town so many great memories at Convention Center/Beach.

          Super Congratulations to you sir Party

          "The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."

            United States
            Member #163184
            January 22, 2015
            2445 Posts

            Coming back from Atlantic City and too quickly glancing @ the article.   I'm like 'why not stay anonymous'.   Finally read the whole article and now see why.

            Congratulations James on your well deserved win and of course retirement @ 56!

              haymaker's avatar - Lottery-012.jpg
              Egg Harbor twp.south Jersey shore
              United States
              Member #112964
              June 29, 2011
              4136 Posts

              Egg Harbor? Where is our good egg Haymaker from Egg Harbor?

              Hi Artist77,

              Thanks for asking, have not posted in a long time, as I started to feel like I was repeating myself.

              I still read the news stories now and then to keep up.

              As for this story the winner is in another town called LITTLE Egg Harbor, about 25 miles north of me.

              Not sure if that's named after my town or the Little Harbor they have, maybe their little Harbor is named after our big Harbor. LOL !


              The story makes it sound like he is a little man from Egg Harbor and then you look at his picture and no...he looks like a truck driver !



              Everyone stay safe from covid19, we will win this together by staying apart !

              Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.