NEWARK -- An attorney who works at the Gateway Plaza in Newark is the holder of the $2 million Powerball ticket for Wednesday's drawing sold in New Jersey, according to a report.
Television cameras were waiting when Jessica Macarone went to the News Day newsstand in the lobby of the office complex to check her ticket, WABC-7 reported.
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Macarone, a South Bound Brook resident, didn't know she held one of seven tickets sold across the country to match five numbers but not the Powerball. She spent an extra $1 to exercise the Powerplay option, doubling her winnings from $1 million to $2 million.
Macarone told WABC-7 her father and uncle died in the past year and that her mother was not doing well, either.
She said she once won a few hundred dollars playing the lottery and usually buys a few tickets when the jackpot gets large.
Macarone is an associate at McCarter & English, according to the law firm's web page.
A ticket sold in Lafaytte, Ind. matched five numbers as as well as the Powerball and is worth $435.3 million, the 10th largest lottery prize in the United States.
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