WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) - Nine co-workers of Chubb Insurance employee Robert Space thought he was joking when he e-mailed them about being millionaires.
That's until they checked the winning Mega Millions number against the tickets they had pooled their money to buy. Space and his colleagues hit the second-largest single-ticket jackpot in New Jersey history, winning $216 million in the Mega Millions jackpot.
Space, with $5 from each colleague, said he bought 50 quick-pick tickets Monday afternoon at the Singin Oil gas station in the shore town of Toms River. Space says the winnings take "a lot of stress out of life."
The 10 co-workers will split a $216 million annuity or a one-time payout of about $140 million. The 10 have not yet discussed when they will officially claim the prize but have a year to do so.