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Clark Police Captain's Wife Wins $1 Million on Lottery Scratch-Off

The ticket was sold at the Exxon on Westfield Avenue.

It's the worst kept secret in Clark this week: Deana Scherb, wife of Clark Police Captain Al Scherb, is the lucky winner of $1 million on a New Jersey Lottery scratch-off ticket.

Though the Scherbs are keeping quiet and have so far declined interviews and lottery fanfare, Scherb told Patch he will continue to serve as captain of the department despite the windfall. Scherb serves as officer-in-charge since the retirement of Chief Denis Connell and,

Scherb says his wife purchased the scratch-off on Wednesday of last week.

Judy Drucker, public relations manager for the NJ Lottery, told Patch that Scherb's scratch-off was the NJ Lottery's "$100 Million Dollar Spectacular" game and was purchased at the

According to the NJ Lottery website, only 16 of the 13.5 million tickets printed of this specific scratch-off hold the $1 million grand prize. The scratch-offs cost $10 each.

Andy Singh, manager of the Westfield Avenue Exxon, is thrilled his store sold such a lucky ticket.

"This is the first big winner we sold here," Singh said Friday. "We do get a percentage, but I'm not sure how much. We have to figure that out."

Singh says he first found out about the win from Capt. Scherb, who came into the store and relayed the news before heading to Trenton to cash-in the ticket. Singh says that representatives from the lottery are sending him a sign to commemorate the sale.

Singh says the store sells 20 to 30 of the "$100 Million Dollar Spectacular" scratch-offs per day.

"That's our No. 1, top-selling ticket," Singh said. "Hopefully we sell a new winner again. It's a good start for this year."

Check out our video interview with Singh in our gallery, above right.

Tom Kruise February 03, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I would buy that whole package of extenze if I won
Linda February 04, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Lucky bastards!
AStar Gazer February 04, 2012 at 10:27 AM
invest it all in a gold ETF.
Penguin February 04, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Quit my job!
KAREN KIAMIE MANNINO February 04, 2012 at 03:33 PM
IF I WERE EVER THAT LUCKY, I HAVE A LIST OF THINGS I'D DO! 1ST, MY ENTIRE FAMILY WOULD SHARE IN THE WINNINGS, 2ND, I'D LOVE TO TAKE THE SAME GROUP ON A FABULOUS, FUN CRUISE! 3RD, I'D PUT MONEY AWAY FOR MY GRANDKIDS' EDUCATION AND AFTER ALL THAT, IT WOULD BE FUN TO GO TO BJ'S WAREHOUSE AND LOAD UP WITHOUT HAVING TO KEEP A RUNNING TOTAL IN MY HEAD! AH...THE FREEDOM!!!
cfa07090 February 05, 2012 at 12:48 AM
sadly, a million dollars isn't going to buy you a mansion here in nj!
Randy Orton February 05, 2012 at 03:03 PM
i would be happy to be in the position to buy $10 scratch offs...
John Q February 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
What does this have to do with Cranford? Anyone? Don't they have their own "patch" website?
Jessica Remo (Editor) February 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Hi John- I'm Jessica Remo, the Clark-Garwood editor. We thought this story was newsy and interesting enough to cross-post it on all the Union County sites. We often cross-post stories like this. But yes, Clark does have its own separate site.
Linda February 06, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Do we have to keep reading about this? Who really cares? I get this story emailed to me everyday! ENOUGH!!
Jessica Remo (Editor) February 06, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Hi Linda- You shouldn't be getting emails from Patch about this story unless you hit the little box on the comments that says "Send me email me updates to this story." If you did click that and didn't meant to, you can also change your preference by clicking the "Click here to manage all of your updates or here to stop receiving updates for this article" at the bottom of the email. Hope that helps. Best, Jessica Remo Editor, Clark-Garwood Patch
Denis February 08, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Pay off debt and get my dogs medical treatment

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