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It was Jerry C.'s daughter who finally convinced her dad that this was real.
“My 18-year-old was like, ‘Dad, you really did just win.’
I said, ‘Come on, stop.’
She goes, ‘No, you did. You just won $200,000!’”
“I said, ‘Well, there you go. I love this app.’
A construction consultant from Middlesex County, Jerry received a big surprise when Jackpocket automatically notified him that his Jersey Cash 5 ticket had matched all five winning numbers.
“I get the ‘You won big’ text…my wife looked at me like, ‘Who's texting you at 11:30 on a Saturday night?’ I said, ‘I won big.’”
“I tell people all the time. [Jackpocket] is great. I mean, if you play the lottery, why wouldn't you want to do it? You don't have to check your tickets. You don't have to go and look, you don't have to go and get the money. Nothing. It gets put right into your account.”
So, how did Jerry spend his big score?
“[The $200,000] went right to my financial [advisor]. It went right to him. So I really never touched it. But I did pull the trigger on a home generator for my home, a $20,000 install. I wanted to spend the money on it, then Saturday they told me I won… Before I even picked up the ticket, I ordered the generator on Sunday. It was just like, ‘You know what? I won, I'm ordering it.’" 🎉