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Two Local Powerball Winners; One Bought Ticket In Little Egg Harbor Store

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LITTLE EGG HARBOR TWP., N.J. -

There's a big mystery circling Little Egg Harbor Township. The center of it: the Acme supermarket on Route 9. Everyone here has been thinking the exact same thing:

"Glad someone won it. Too bad it wasn't me," says John Kean.

People say it was mob scene early this morning. It was hard to get a parking spot with all they hype surrounding the store. Most people who came in to check their tickets knew they weren't winners. But in someone's hands is Wednesday night's $448 million Powerball jackpot ticket sold in the store, New Jersey lottery officials say. It's one of two winning tickets in New Jersey. The third was purchased in Minnesota.

At Portofino's Pizza on radio road, there's a lot of buzz about who the winner could be.

"A volunteer, local fireman," says Denise Phillips.

Denise Phillips tells me there's a 50 percent chance she knows who it is.

"Hats off to the gentleman. And lots of luck. God bless him," she says.

Her friend, Michelle Squires also got caught up with all the excitement.

"We're visiting and it happens. I don't know. It was nice. Some good news," says Michelle Squires who was in tears. Good news, after Hurricane Sandy pounded the coastal community of 20,000 people. Nine months later, homes are now being elevated after 2 feet of water flooded the area.

"This gentleman may have very well been a victim of sandy. This will help him a great deal," says Phillips.

ACME gets money for selling the winning ticket. The store manager tells FOX 29 he plans on donating $10,000 in gift cards to local charities.

"Community deserves it because they support us throughout the years," says the owner.

Many people in this community hope the winner will give back, too, as the community rebuilds from Sandy.

"Give something to some people that don't have it," says Kean.

Since the jackpot will be split three ways, the person or people holding the golden ticket will walk away with about $150 million before taxes.

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