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One lottery ticket sold in New Jersey wins $521 million Mega Millions jackpot

Mar 31, 2018, 9:34 am

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Update: Quotes and information from store workers where the winning ticket was sold

By Todd Northrop

It appears someone in the Garden State will be having a very happy Easter or Passover, as Friday night's Mega Millions drawing produced a single jackpot-winning ticket sold in New Jersey.

The ticket matched all six numbers drawn — 11, 28, 31, 46, and 59, with Mega Ball number 1. The Megaplier was 3.

The winning ticket was sold at the Riverdale Lukoil South, located at 105 Route 23 in Riverdale.

The winner will receive an estimated $521 million, which is the 4th-largest jackpot in the history of Mega Millions, and the 10th-largest jackpot ever in US lottery history.

Friday's jackpot was the 18th won during the month of March in the game's 16-year history, and comes six years to the day after a then-record $656 million jackpot was won. (See World's biggest lottery jackpot won by three tickets, Lottery Post, Mar. 31, 2012.)

"We are thrilled that the winning ticket was sold in Morris County," said New Jersey Lottery Acting Executive Director John M. White. "I'm happy to congratulate... the retailer that sold this winning ticket."

"We encourage the winner to sign the back of the ticket, make a copy of both sides and put it in a safe place, and contact Lottery Headquarters at 609-599-5875 to arrange to file a claim for this 'MEGA' jackpot prize," White added.

The winner has one year from the date of the drawing to file a claim.

"It's exciting to think that their lives have been changed," said Nancy Levan, a cashier at the Lukoil where the winning ticket was sold, of the winner.

Levan and her manager, Nash Riad, happily spoke to a swarm of reporters in between transactions with customers on a busy afternoon.

They don't know who the winning ticket was sold to. And they aren't sure how much the store looks to gain from selling the winning ticket.

Riad said he received a call from the lottery office in the early morning.

"They check the address and they told me, 'do you know that you are the store who sold the winning ticket for one person? Be ready. All news will be here.'"

Levan said it was exciting to think that she could've been the one that sold the winning ticket.

"We have a lot of blue collar workers that come in in the mornings so we're hoping it was someone that really needed it," she said. "It would be great for them."

Levan said one of her co-workers called her at home to break the news that one of them sold the winning ticket.

"Just knowing that it's one of our customers. That it stayed in New Jersey, stayed local, is an awesome thing," she said.

Levan said the biggest previous winning at the gas station was a $200,000 scratch-off lottery ticket off a $5 purchase in 2015.

In addition to the lucky jackpot winner, 2 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Ohio and 1 from Texas.

Another 59 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Of those tickets, 7 were purchased with the Megaplier option, increasing the prize to $30,000, and 6 were sold in California, where the prize was worth $16,280 this drawing.

The Megaplier option is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered with the Megaplier is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts.

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.

With the jackpot have been won last night, the Mega Millions jackpot resets to its starting value of $40 million for the next drawing on Tuesday.

The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.

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What's the point of playing if someone else is going to win it

    CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
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    Congrats to the person that purchased the single lucky ticket up in NJ !!! Great win Thumbs Up

    The winner of the 2nd place prize in Texas purchased their ticket at a 7-11 on Bryant St. in Dallas. Yes, it was a QP and it was not me. Star

    We did have 6 tickets purchased that had 4/5 numbers with the Mega Ball and 1 of those had the multiplier

    Texas Lotto Jackpot tonight:    $19.75 Million/$13.3 Million Cash

     

    Good luck to all of us

    Integrity: There is just no substitute.

      Think's avatar - lightbulb
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      Really?  Only 2 second prize winners on a top 10 Jackpot???

      Well, next stop for the jackpot June 19 - June 26th.

      This was my last play on Mega until they change it again and then I will evaluate the game again and see if I will play. 

      They probably wont change it for 3 1/2 years so that's about  14 more jackpots.

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        The same few states over and over again anyone else notice that.

          CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
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          The same few states over and over again anyone else notice that.

          Winning States of MM jackpot over the last 3 years since March 30th, 2015:

          NJ - FL - MI/RI - NY - IL - CA - TX - CA - GA - TX - IL - VA/GA - WA - IN - WA - NY - OH - NY - MO - PA - IL

          Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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            I know the Station well. I used to Live in Riverdale, before moving to Florida. 

            I wish whomever well on their new found wealth.

                                                         

                                                           "Slander becomes the tool of the loser when the debate is lost." - Socrates.

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              DMV
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              Really?  Only 2 second prize winners on a top 10 Jackpot???

              Well, next stop for the jackpot June 19 - June 26th.

              This was my last play on Mega until they change it again and then I will evaluate the game again and see if I will play. 

              They probably wont change it for 3 1/2 years so that's about  14 more jackpots.

              Agreed once my subscription for the MM ends im done playing it for a while. Just sticking to PW 400M and higher so i can limit my losses. God bless all of you and congrats to all who won something

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                Apparently took over 9 hours to determine the Mega Millions jackpot winner . . very unusual!

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                  Apparently took over 9 hours to determine the Mega Millions jackpot winner . . very unusual!

                  I found this to be odd as well. Wouldn't the program automatically find where the ticket was found? I know that there are several hundred million combinations and I'm sure most of them were played last night, but even our databases at work that deal with trillions of data points can find something almost instantaneously.

                  The North Carolina Education Lottery - so much a joke that here are their mascots:

                  Stooges

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                    "It appears someone in the Garden State will be having a very happy Easter or Passover, as Friday night's Mega Millions drawing produced a single jackpot-winning ticket sold in New Jersey."

                     

                    - or neither LOL

                    The North Carolina Education Lottery - so much a joke that here are their mascots:

                    Stooges

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                      The same few states over and over again anyone else notice that.

                      I Agree! 100% kennedygrandma   Tennessee hasn't had a jackpot winner since the Lottery began, if I'm correct.

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                        I Agree! 100% kennedygrandma   Tennessee hasn't had a jackpot winner since the Lottery began, if I'm correct.

                        Typically the states that win seem to be the ones that play the most collectively which makes alot of sense. Granted this isn't a guarantee since its a game of chance but on average a state that puts in more combinations will in turn yield a more positive outcome when it come to amount of winners. Which is why im taking a lottery break if you will especially from the MM.

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                          Winning States of MM jackpot over the last 3 years since March 30th, 2015:

                          NJ - FL - MI/RI - NY - IL - CA - TX - CA - GA - TX - IL - VA/GA - WA - IN - WA - NY - OH - NY - MO - PA - IL

                          Looks like ILL.  NY.  CA.  WA  &  TX are the States to be to winning it.

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                            Apparently took over 9 hours to determine the Mega Millions jackpot winner . . very unusual!

                            It was New Jersey -- undoubtedly someone got their legs broken.   Jester Laugh