BEACHWOOD, N.J. - A large family that lives at the shore and suffered losses during Superstorm Sandy will share a $20 million lottery jackpot that one of the 17 siblings said will be "a great pick-me-up."
Members of the Endreson family packed the Beachwood Community Center on Thursday for a news conference. A lottery spokeswoman said the siblings range in age from 53 to 76. The New Jersey Pick-6 prize will also be shared with three children of a brother who died a few years ago.
John Endreson, 69, became emotional when he described rebuilding his home after Sandy ripped through the area in October 2012.
"The hardest part was seeing other people that were devastated," he said. "I was able to redo my house and help my family and my brothers. I was quite fortunate. I just feel so lucky. And this is just the icing on the cake."
Another sibling described how their late mother started playing the lottery regularly years ago and would always say that all her children would get a piece of the winnings.
Faith Schiabor told how she got the news from one of her sisters who had bought the winning ticket.
"I got this frantic phone call," she said. "She said, 'Are you sitting down?' I thought someone was hurt."