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NJ Park Ranger Furloughed During Shutdown Wins $29 Million In Lotto

February 21, 2019 - 11:20 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A New Jersey park ranger who was furloughed during the partial federal government shutdown no longer has to worry about a paycheck after winning $29.5 million in the lottery.

Judith Smith, of Bayonne, bought a Pick-6 ticket on December 17, just days before the shutdown began.

She kept the ticket secure and sought legal and financial advice before turning in the ticket.

Smith works at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island.

Her $29.5 million prize was the biggest Pick-6 jackpot in nearly 15 years.