A ticket sold in Middleton, Orange County, New York has become the first Mega Millions lottery jackpot winner since August 22. Their ticket won the massive $326m Mega Millions lottery jackpot in the draw held on Tuesday November 4.
The winning numbers in the draw were: 9-15-24-39-41 and the Mega Ball: 1. The jackpot win ended a run of 20 straight Mega Millions lottery drawings that had ended in a rollover. Brisk sales led to the jackpot climbing to $326m, the 8th highest Mega Millions top prize in the history of the lottery.
The jackpot winning ticket was purchased at a Valero gas station and store on Route 302 in Orange County town Middletown, about 75 miles north of New York City. Truck stop owner Michael Natasha, 53, said he hoped the winner was one of his regular customers.
Roel Lopez, 18, a cashier at the gas station, wondered if he was the one who handed out the winning ticket.“There are so many stores out there. What are the odds this would happen here?” Lopez said. “Did I sell the winning ticket? Honestly, I’m not sure. I hope I did. I hope I touched the winning ticket.”
Five tickets matched the five main numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions lottery draw winning the second tier prize – two in Texas, one in California, one in New York and another in New Jersey. They all win $1m aside from the Californian winner. They receive $597,933 because that state pays lottery prizes on a pari-mutuel basis.
It’s now the turn of the Powerball lottery game to take centre stage as its jackpot has gone through the $200m mark. There had been 11 Powerball draws without a winner before the draw held on Wednesday November 5 when there was a $178m jackpot up for grabs.
The winning numbers in Wednesday’s draw were: 2-11-19-21-42 and the Powerball: 34. Again the draw ended in a rollover though three tickets matched the five main balls, each winning $1m. So that means the jackpot for the Powerball draw to be held on Saturday November 8 is up to $203m with a cash option of $126.7m.
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