Joseph & Celeste Tamburello

March 21, 2012

New Jersey

$70 Million POWERBALL Jackpot Winners Claim Prize at Lottery Headquarters
The New Jersey Lottery is thrilled to introduce its latest multi-millionaire winners. Joseph and Celeste Tamburello from Tinton Falls have come forward to claim their $70 million prize from the March 21 POWERBALL game draw.

The Tamburello's did not know that they had the winning ticket until Friday evening. Joseph was on the phone with his sister when she asked if he knew that the POWERBALL winning ticket was purchased at their local pharmacy, Little Silver Family Pharmacy. "I had no idea about where the winning ticket came from until my sister told me. That's where I always buy my lottery tickets," recalls Joseph. Immediately Celeste got onto the computer to look up the winning numbers. One at a time she read off the numbers to her husband. With each number Joseph became more and more excited until he "Jumped out of his seat like his butt was on fire asking what the Powerball number is," recalls Celeste. Shocked and thrilled that they were holding the winning ticket, Celeste says, "I am going to trade in my crème puff Saturn for a brand new Cadillac!" Joseph is looking forward, "to taking an amazing cruise vacation with my wife."

The $70 million jackpot winning ticket was purchased at Little Silver Family Pharmacy, 10 Church Street, Little Silver in Monmouth County and matched the 5 white balls and the POWERBALL in last night's drawing.

"Congratulations to these fortunate lottery players who purchased the winning ticket and to the retailer who sold it," said the Lottery's Executive Director Carole Hedinger. "For selling this $70 million ticket, the retailer has become another of the Lottery's 'lucky locations' overnight."