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Seventeen siblings share $20M lottery jackpot

Seventeen SiblingsShare $20 Lottery Jackpot

BEACHWOOD - A large New Jersey shore family that suffered losses during Superstorm Sandy will share a $20 million lottery jackpot that one of the 17 siblings said would be "a great pick-me-up."

Members of the Endreson family packed the Beachwood Community Center Thursday afternoon 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.

Sixty-nine-year-old John Endreson became emotional when he described rebuilding his home after Sandy ripped through the shore area in late 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."

Her sister Sigrid told reporters Thursday that she bought the tickets and then forgot about them for about two weeks before going down to a supermarket to check them. When one came back with the message, "see cashier," she ran it through again before taking it up to the window and getting the good news.

"I started to cry," she said. "I called my sister to come get me. I didn't think I was going to make it. I said, 'I think I won the lottery.'"

The family has decided to take a lump sum payment of $14 million, which is worth about $10 million after taxes.

"It's going to help the family, it's going to help Ocean County," Schiabor said. "It's just a great pick-me-up for all of us."

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/large-family-to-share-n-j-lottery-winnings-1.1056700#sthash.pc8EBlgm.dpuf

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reelanimals July 25 2014 at 10:42 AM

nice to see a family sharing instead of fighting over money

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Danny July 25 2014 at 10:38 AM

Good to see a ticket help an entire family for a change rather than one blow it all.

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magus47 July 25 2014 at 10:45 AM

Sharing the wealth? Not being greedy? This is UNAMERICAN! What if this kind of thinking cought on? It would be the end of the republican party.

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phpoling July 25 2014 at 11:24 AM

Really nice to see a large family sharing money instead fighting over money. Congrats to the family!

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its.howdy.doody.time July 25 2014 at 10:09 AM

Wonderful - Wonderful - Wonderful.

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zele442 July 25 2014 at 11:42 AM

Great story.....!!!!!! A lesson learned from a real close knit family of values and kinship.

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johnjpal8 July 25 2014 at 11:36 AM

there is so much sad news every day a story like this a gem. there are many good people in this world .

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Amiee/Patrick July 25 2014 at 11:03 AM

Fantastic for all of them! If I even won anything like that would be a blessing.

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beliny July 25 2014 at 1:29 PM

Now that's what family is all about love and caring and sharing. They were blessed before the win, now after the win.

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TB July 25 2014 at 1:36 PM

That's one close family!

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