NJ woman claims $212M Powerball jackpot

(AP) - A northern New Jersey school board memberwho held the lone winning ticket for a $211.7 million Powerballjackpot last month has claimed her prize.

Sandra McNeil of Morristown chose a lump-sum award when shebought her ticket, meaning she will get about $101.6 million beforefederal and state withholding taxes are taken out.

Citing privacy concerns, New Jersey lottery officials saidMcNeil asked that no news conference or check presentation bescheduled. A call to her home Saturday morning went unanswered.

McNeil's lawyer, Peter Pittenger, says she has taken a leave ofabsence from her job, which wasn't disclosed.

McNeil has been a Morris School District Board of Educationmember for four years. She bought her ticket for the March 13drawing at a deli in Morris Plains, about 20 miles northwest ofNewark.

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