The New York Lottery today confirmed that the most recent winner of the Mega Millions jackpot is one of their own, after the winning ticket was purchased in the state.
Friday, February 27th saw the Mega Millions lottery halted as one ticket won the jackpot which had been climbing for several weeks. Worth an estimated $127 million, the winning ticket matched numbers 7, 49, 53, 60 and 64 as well as the Mega Ball of 4.
However, we do not yet know the identity of the winning ticket holder, all that we do know is that the ticket in question was purchased at a South Fallsburg Food Mart on Main Street in South Fallsburg.
New York Lottery officials said of the Mega Millions winner: “Whoever purchased this ticket is about to have their life changed forever,” and urged them to sign the back of the ticket as soon as possible, keeping it in a safe place until they are ready to make a claim.
As a reward for selling the winning ticket, the South Fallsburg Food Mart received a $10,000 cash bonus from lottery officials, and Haroon Ahmed, the manager of the store, said that he thought it was a prank when he first got the call. Telling him that his store had sold the ticket that had won the Mega Millions jackpot, the woman on the end of the phone was a stranger, so Mr Ahmed thought it was a prank played by a friend.
However, after checking online he realised that she was right, and that the store had become part of Mega Millions history. Mr Ahmed said he immediately called his brother-in-law, Mian Shahid, who owns the store, to tell him the good news, waking him up in the process.
As their local customers heard the news, Mr Ahmed said that there was a big surge in the purchase of lottery tickets from the store, with one regular customer telling the local news “I hope it’s someone from around here and not just someone who was passing through.” While another customer who was in the store purchasing a lottery ticket said “I hope it’s someone who really needs it and that they learn to share the wealth.”
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