Chicago Worker Wins NJ Lottery During Sandy Cleanup

John Turner wins $100,000 prize

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012  |  Updated 10:47 PM CDT
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John Turner was working in a storm-ravaged area in New Jersey on November 4 when he purchased an instant poker ticket worth $100,000. Emily Florez reports.

John Turner was working in a storm-ravaged area in New Jersey on November 4 when he purchased an instant poker ticket worth $100,000. Emily Florez reports.

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A Chicago man helping with the Superstorm Sandy cleanup struck it big last week.

John Turner was working in a storm-ravaged area in New Jersey on November 4 when he purchased an instant poker ticket worth $100,000.

"It just feels like it was God's gift," his wife, Tracy Turner, said Tuesday.

Turner, 38, says he plans to pay off some bills and possibly buy an investment property in the Chicago area.

"It's not so much about the money. It's the fact that you know God does answer prayers," he said.

The lucky winner works as a water mitigation and restoration technician for National Catastrophe Solutions of Chicago.

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