The Endreson family is a large family living on the east coast of the United States who will share a $20 million jackpot after facing difficult times due to them losing their homes in Hurricane Sandy, as well as coping with the recent death of a beloved family member. According to a July 25 Associated Press report, one of the siblings purchased the winning ticket at a 7-11 as part of a family tradition they started after the death of their mother.
Flossie Clark-Endreson played the lottery every week, hoping to split the cash prize among her children. However, she never got the chance, she died in 2004 at the age of 85. As a sort of tribute, her 17 children continued playing the weekly sweepstakes. Ten years of waiting were required, but the prize has finally arrived.
"It couldn't have come at a better time, it really couldn't," Endreson family spokesperson Marie McHenry said during a press conference. "We're just thrilled that we can help our family members and churches. ... Hooray! That's what I say. It's a good thing at a good time."
At a news conference at a community center Thursday, the siblings, ranging in age from 53 to 76, described how they had to rebuild their homes after the Superstorm Sandy swept through the neighborhood in October 2012.
"The hardest part was seeing other people that were devastated," John Endreson said. "I was able to redo my house and help my family and my brothers. I was quite fortunate. I just feel so lucky. And this is just the icing on the cake."