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Winning Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $319M sold in NY

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Winning Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $319M sold in NY

Largest payout for a single winning ticket in game's history

Update, 12:29 pm: It was a quick pick, plus additional store info where winning ticket was sold.

By Todd Northrop

NEW YORK — A New York lottery official said 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 said 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.

The jackpot is the fifth-largest in the game's history, and the ninth-largest lottery jackpot of all time for any game. The biggest jackpot was a Mega Millions jackpot worth $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.

The winning ticket was a quick pick selection — random numbers generated by the lottery terminal in the store.

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 number of 4.  The Megaplier was 4.

Employees at Coulson's News Center are bursting with pride, even though they don't know who the winner is yet. They won't get official notification from state lottery officials until Monday, when they indicate what day and time the ticket was sold, clerk Steve Gallucci said.

Gallucci, who clocks 60 hours a week, said there's a good chance he sold the winning ticket.

"I'm happy about it," he said. "I hope whoever wins it uses it in a good way. I gave away a couple of Quick Picks — who knows, maybe I gave away $300 million."

Coulson's is a shop that has been selling newspapers, magazines, sodas and snacks from their Albany's business district storefront for more than 70 years.

"We cater to the business people who work in the offices around here, so we see them every day," said Gallucci, 53, who has worked there since 1974. "They've been coming all week, playing the slips."

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

In addition to the jackpot winner, 32 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $250,000 prize: 5 from California, 1 from Colorado, 1 from Indiana, 2 from Kentucky, 1 from Maryland, 1 from Massachusetts, 1 from Michigan, 4 from New York, 2 from North Carolina, 4 from Ohio, 1 from Oregon, 2 from Pennsylvania, 1 from South Carolina, 3 from Texas, 2 from Washington, and 1 from West Virginia.

The 5 California winners will each be awarded prizes of $287,323 because California awards all prizes in a pari-mutuel formula, which calculates the prize amount based on the number of tickets sold and the number of winners in each prize category.

Top 25 United States lottery jackpots of all time

After all the proceeds were counted, Friday's Mega Millions jackpot stood as the 9th-largest lottery jackpot of all time in the United States.

  1. Mega Millions: $390 million, Mar. 6, 2007
  2. Mega Millions: $380 million, Jan. 5 2011
  3. Powerball: $365 million, Feb. 18, 2006
  4. The Big Game: $363 million, May 9, 2000
  5. Powerball: $340 million, Oct. 19, 2005
  6. Mega Millions: $336 million, Aug. 28, 2009
  7. The Big Game: $331 million, Apr. 16, 2002
  8. Mega Millions: $330 million, Aug. 31, 2007
  9. Mega Millions: $319 million, Mar. 25, 2011
  10. Mega Millions: $315 million, Nov. 15, 2005
  11. Powerball: $314.9 million, Dec. 26, 2002
  12. Powerball: $314.3 million, Aug. 25, 2007
  13. Powerball: $295.7 million, Jul. 29, 1998
  14. Powerball: $295 million, Aug. 25, 2001
  15. Mega Millions: $294 million, Jul. 2, 2004
  16. Powerball: $276.3 million, Mar. 15, 2008
  17. Mega Millions: $275 million, Feb. 22, 2008
  18. Mega Millions: $270 million, Feb. 28, 2006
  19. Mega Millions: $266 million, May 4, 2010
  20. Mega Millions: $265 million, Apr. 18, 2006
  21. Powerball: $261.6 million, Jun. 2, 2010
  22. Powerball: $261.3 million, Jul. 9, 2003
  23. Powerball: $259.9 million, Aug. 19, 2009
  24. Powerball: $258.5 million, Apr. 21, 2010
  25. Mega Millions: $258 million, Sep. 16, 2005

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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Posted: March 26, 2011, 10:00 am - IP Logged

Now comes the ultimate question: Was it a Quick Pick?


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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    Posted: March 26, 2011, 10:08 am - IP Logged

    To the lucky winner of the Mega for 03/25/11 CONGRATULATIONS it is about time it was someone locally.

    Nice to have someone in Albany win it.

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      Posted: March 26, 2011, 10:09 am - IP Logged

      Now comes the ultimate question: Was it a Quick Pick?

      Ut oh.

      Rdgrnr, you better se up a defensive perimeter and out out the claymores.

      Scared

      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

      Lep

      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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        Posted: March 26, 2011, 10:38 am - IP Logged

        New York always take my money!!! Red DevilMaybe i can win  tonights powerball!!!Crying

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          Posted: March 26, 2011, 10:41 am - IP Logged

          Now comes the ultimate question: Was it a Quick Pick?

          i'm sure it was ....it always is a QP , well, 9 out of 10 times anyway ........lucky bugger lol

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            Posted: March 26, 2011, 10:41 am - IP Logged

            Cha Ching.....quite a payday.  Wish it had been me.  But I do wish the big winner health and happiness with their fortune.

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              Posted: March 26, 2011, 10:42 am - IP Logged

              New York always take my money!!! Red DevilMaybe i can win  tonights powerball!!!Crying

              whoever congratulations.......................

              when you do it do it right the first time...........

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                Posted: March 26, 2011, 10:45 am - IP Logged

                hopeful its just 1 winner and not some lottery group,

                 

                with 35% max fed rate and almust 9% added rate of new york state tax , if they take the cash, atfer Max taxes of 43.97% overall its:  113,740,900 cash wired to their bank account

                makes the 203 Cash million jackpot look not much, atfer the evil govt gets their greedy hands on their "fair" share, its not fair, its high way robbery


                biggest single cash payout ever atfer taxes i would say,     

                also state of new york, just scored  over 18 million in mm money

                bloody s even got a few cents form ever player, f you new york , that should be the winners money :P

                what shall this lucky beep spend it on, who knows, but it should  keep them busy buying things LOL

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                  Posted: March 26, 2011, 10:51 am - IP Logged

                  Now comes the ultimate question: Was it a Quick Pick?

                  DO NOT LET MATH FOOL YOU.Someone always win, that is a fact.TOO BAD IT WASN'T YOU OR ME.I AM FEELING SO CRAZY AFTER LOSING SO MUCH.White BounceUS FlagONE SINGLE LINE QUICK PICK WON THE WHOLE THING.It does not matter how much the person or group played.They had THE SINGLE LINE QUICK PICK THAT WON IT ALL.

                  I BET THAT YOU HAVE SOME JOKE ABOUT THIS.LOLWhite Bounce

                    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                    Posted: March 26, 2011, 11:14 am - IP Logged

                    DO NOT LET MATH FOOL YOU.Someone always win, that is a fact.TOO BAD IT WASN'T YOU OR ME.I AM FEELING SO CRAZY AFTER LOSING SO MUCH.White BounceUS FlagONE SINGLE LINE QUICK PICK WON THE WHOLE THING.It does not matter how much the person or group played.They had THE SINGLE LINE QUICK PICK THAT WON IT ALL.

                    I BET THAT YOU HAVE SOME JOKE ABOUT THIS.LOLWhite Bounce

                    I think me (Crazy) and you (White Bounce) should be a team and share the Jackpot if you win.

                     

                    Whataya think?


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

                    "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                                --Edmund Burke

                     

                     

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                      Posted: March 26, 2011, 11:16 am - IP Logged

                      Not really a fan of lottery clubs, too many cooks spoil the stew. Hope it was a individual who won it. Congrats to the winner(s) though!

                      Won $14 last night..........Let's go Powerball!!

                        rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                        Posted: March 26, 2011, 11:37 am - IP Logged

                        Being in Albany, maybe it's a pool with Governor Cuomo and a bunch of his rich, fat-cat friends.

                        I got a feeling the filthy-rich Senator Schumer and the multi-millionaire Clintons and the billionaire Mayor Bloomberg are in on it too.

                        Just a hunch.

                        Power to the People!


                                                                     
                                             
                                                                 

                         

                         

                         

                         

                                                                                                                           

                        "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                                    --Edmund Burke

                         

                         

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                          Posted: March 26, 2011, 11:38 am - IP Logged

                          yeah, yeah....congrads to the winner ...blah blah blah....i'm   S I C K  of new york winning  -!!!

                          Tell me all you want about how "theres more players there"....BOO-LONY!!!

                          Somethings very suspicious here...

                          ...not buying lotto anymore unless i find myself in NY to buy the ticket.

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                            Posted: March 26, 2011, 11:43 am - IP Logged

                            I'm now in detox, as I am always after the hype and excitement of the run up to a huge jackpot.  However, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!  to whomever the winner is.  May they enjoy every ounce of goodwill, wisdom, peace and luxury that I dreamed for me and my family.