Don’t You Wish? $319M Mega Millions Jackpot Winner In NY

By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A New York lottery official says a winning ticket for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot worth $319 million has been sold at a variety store in Albany, N.Y.

New York Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman says the winning jackpot ticket for Friday’s drawing was sold at Coulson’s News Center, located just a few blocks from the state Capitol.

Hapeman says final sales numbers raised the annuity value of the prize to $319 million, with a cash value of $202.9 million.

According to the Mega Millions website, the jackpot is the fifth-largest in the game’s history. The biggest jackpot was $390 million in March 2007.

It ranks as the largest jackpot for a single winning ticket in the game’s history, eclipsing the $315 million prize sold in California in November 2005.

Hapeman says the earliest the winner can claim the prize is Monday, because lottery offices are closed for the weekend.

The winning numbers in Friday’s drawing were: 22-24-31-52-54, with a Mega ball of 4.

Hapeman says the holder of the winning jackpot ticket has the option of taking prize over 25 years or as a cash payout.

There were four prize winning tickets sold in Minnesota each worth $10,000.

Big jackpots spike interest in the game.

“In Minnesota, here, when the jackpot reaches $100 million is when we see sales really take off,” said Debbie Hoffman of the Minnesota Lottery office.

WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Interviews Debbie Hoffman

Over the years she has seen several big money winners at the lottery office.

“You know, Minnesotans are very grounded. They use a lot of common sense,” said Hoffman.

She says several winners have used some of the money to help their community as well as themselves and their families.

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  • shirley lindsholm

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  • Poor Me

    why? Why? WHY couldn’t it have been me?!!?

  • lefty

    lose some of the numbers so there could be 319 million dollar winners not just 1 winner

    • clint

      Drop a few number we need to see more winners, too much money for one person. Spread that money around!!!

  • SA

    Watch the lost relatives show up now.

  • Pmil

    Look at the lottery web site and see all the winning tickets that have never been turned in. These are the people who have them shoved in their visor and wishing they could win one day. 1 in 174 million. I’ll try building my own fortune.

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