This is how you start the new year.
The winning ticket to the $ 425 million Mega Millions jackpot – the largest lottery prize in state history – was sold in a convenience store to a fortunate yet unknown person on the North Shore of Nassau County.
The grand prize for the New Year's Day jackpot, which is the eighth-largest in the history of the game, was acquired at the Brookville Auto Service Shop on Northern Boulevard, the New York Lottery announced on Wednesday. The mailing address for the shop is Glen Head, but the location is in Upper Brookville.
The winning numbers are 34, 44, 57, 62 and 70 and the mega ball of 14.
Shop owner Jay Huang initially thought the worst when he arrived at his shop on Wednesday morning and in the parking lot TV channels and police cars found. However, Huang said he was thrilled to learn that one of his customers had hit the jackpot.
"I hope the one who has won will need the money and help people," said Huang, who runs the four-person business for 10 years.
Huang said he feels that his business, which, though in a wealthy enclave, also serves workers like drivers and landscapers, may be lucky.
"I feel really happy as it happened at the beginning of the new year," he said. "It's a good start to the year."
New York Lottery officials said his store will receive $ 10,000 to sell the ticket. Huang said he intends to use the money to take his wife and four children on family leave.
Throughout the morning, regulars came to the store to check their numbers and complain about a lost opportunity to become a mega-millionaire.
"Newcomer Lottery employees arrived at the store shortly before 11:00 am to hang a banner outside and announce that the store had sold the winning Mega Millions ticket.
Just before 11:00 am, two New York Lottery employees arrived at the store.
The winner, who has not yet come forward, has one year to collect his prize, lottery officials said.
Andrew Ross of West Babylon said he plays Mega Millions every day and hopes to make it big.
"When do I get my winning ticket?" Ross asked as he threw his lost tickets. "But I'll keep playing."
Glenn Hutner of Brookville said the key to victory might be sheer luck.
"You're lucky and luck is sometimes better than smart," said Hutner, who bought $ 200 worth of tickets for Tuesday's prize draw and $ 60 back. "So it's fortunate to be in the right place at the right time."
Lottery officials say the Mega Millions jackpot rolled since October 23, when it posted a record $ 1.537 billion in South Carolina has been. The winner of this award is still outstanding.
The jackpot on Tuesday has an estimated present value of $ 254.6 million. The win is the title of New York City's biggest prize in the $ 343.8 million Powerball draw won by Robert Bailey in a Harlem deli.
The next Mega Millions draw will be reset to an estimated $ 40 million jackpot. is at 23 o'clock Friday. The odds for a single ticket that wins the Mega Millions jackpot are about 302 million to 1.
The largest ever Mega Millions jackpot in the history of Long Island was on December 27, 2011, to a man from California sold, which demanded a price of 208 million dollars in the King Kullen supermarket in Middle Iceland. Daniel Bruckner said at the time he went to the store to buy groceries for dinner, noticed the size of the draw, and for a push, spent the $ 26 he left in his wallet for tickets.
"It's very unreal," said Bruckner.
If you are the winner :
First, congratulations! Here's what's next.
First, sign the back of your coupon and keep it safe as you will need it to claim your prize. Download and complete the official New York Lottery application form. Prizes over $ 500,000 must be requested from a customer support center and they will send your application to the Schenectady Pricing Department for payment. The two service centers on Long Island are 45 South Service Road at Plainview and Jake's 58 Casino at 3635 Express Drive North
in Islandia. Winning tickets for all amounts may also be sent to the New York Lottery; Mailbox 7533, Schenectady, NY 12301-7533. All prices must be claimed within one year of the draw.
One year jackpots
- Jan. 1, 2019: $ 425 million (estimated) won on Long Island.
- October 23, 2018: gained $ 1.537 billion in South Carolina.
- 24th July 2018: $ 543 million won by an eleven-member office worker from Santa Clara County, California.
- . 4 May 2018: won $ 142 million from the ABC XYZ Trust with a ticket purchased in Moraine, Ohio, USA.
- 30th March 2018: $ 533 million won by Richard Wahl of Vernon, New Jersey.
- January 5, 2018: $ 451 million won by Secret 007, LLC, Port Richey, Florida.
Source: Mega Millions