New York player celebrates New Year with a $425 million Mega Millions jackpot!
3rd January 2019 11:25 AM
For one lucky player from Long Island, New York, 2019 started on a high with an incredible prize of $425 million. By matching all the six numbers of January 1st Mega Millions draw, this win is the 8th highest ever in the lottery’s history.
New York’s largest Mega Millions Win Ever
A little more than two months after the last huge win of $1.537 billion on October 23rd, another big prize was awarded by the Mega Millions lottery last Tuesday, on the draw held on the first day of the new year. With an estimated $425 million ($254.6 million cash) jackpot, this is the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state of New York.
The winning ticket was sold in a convenience store inside Brookville Auto Service Centre on Northern Boulevard in Glen Head, a small town in Nassau County. Jay Huang, the shop’s owner, said that he is truly happy to have made someone's dreams come true and, as he will receive a prize for selling the winning ticket, he will share the money with his employees.
These were the winning numbers from the Mega Millions draw of January 1st: 34-44-57-62-70 - Mega Ball 14.
In addition to the jackpot win, seven tickets matched the “5” to win the second prize. One of them was sold in Pennsylvania and included the optional Megaplier (which was 4x for this draw) so it’s worth $4 million. The other six tickets, worth $1 million each, were sold in New York (3), Ohio, South Carolina and Texas.
Check out the full payouts page here.
It’s not the first time that the Mega Millions jackpot has been won on New Year’s Day: it also happened in 2008, when a $33 million prize was hit in Texas.
As mentioned above, the last Mega Millions jackpot awarded was the record-breaking $1.537 billion on Tuesday, October 23rd, the largest prize in world history to be won with a single lottery ticket. The winner of this astonishing jackpot has yet to come forward and claim it, all we know about is that it was won in South Carolina with a ticket bought at KC Mart #7 in the city of Simpsonville.
South Carolina is one of the eight states where the Mega Millions winners can choose to keep their identity anonymous, whereas in New York this is not permitted, however they have the option to be represented by a trust or an attorney when claiming the prize.
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