TRENTON, NJ- A retired teacher from Paterson Schools became a two-time lottery jackpot winner in September, it was announced by the New Jersey Lottery.

According to a press release issued on Thursday, Nicholas Fierro, Totowa, purchased a $4 Powerball ticket on Wednesday, September 6, at Union Food Stores in Totowa. The five numbers on his ticket matched those drawn, resulting in a prize of $1 million.

“I am going to consider carefully how to handle the winnings,” Fierro said. “God bless the USA.”

This is the second time Fierro has been involved in winning a large lottery jackpot. In 1991, he and 38 of his colleagues in Paterson shared in a $90 million jackpot. Their winning ticket was one of nine in that drawing, and their own share was divided among all 39 members of the group, resulting in “modest quarterly checks,” for 20 years. Those checks, Fierro said, “helped put (his) children through college and helped the other group members in many ways.”