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Long Island co-workers claim $437 million Mega Millions jackpot

Feb 20, 2019, 7:21 am

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Mega MillionsMega Millions: Long Island co-workers claim $437 million Mega Millions jackpotRating:

UPPER BROOKVILLE, NY — A group of Long Island area co-workers have claimed the $437 million Mega Millions jackpot for the January 1 drawing, the largest jackpot in New York Lottery history.

The 23-member group has claimed the prize through the New Life 2019, LLC, opting to take the lump sum payment totaling $262,213,914.

They will receive a net check of $176,155,308 after required state and federal withholding.

They have also chosen to remain anonymous.

Representatives of New Life 2019, LLC, said they play the lottery weekly, with each member putting a dollar in an envelope that one member takes to purchase the group's tickets.

The jackpot winning ticket was purchased as part of a New York Lottery $5 Super Pack, and the winning numbers for the drawing were 34, 44, 57, 62, and 70, with Mega Ball number 14.

The Super Pack offers one Quick Pick game for each of New York's jackpot games: Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto. It is the first time the purchase of a Super Pack has included a winning jackpot ticket.

As they all started showing up for work two days after the drawing, word spread that they won the Mega Millions jackpot.

They said there was a lot of crying, hugging and jumping around that day, and many of the members double and triple checked the ticket in disbelief.

The representatives said that most of the employees will continue working because they view themselves as a family and not just co-workers.

Plans among the New Life group for the winnings include new houses, college funds for their children, and travel.

The winning ticket was purchased at Brookville Auto Service on Route 25A in Glen Head, and the retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus from the New York Lottery for selling the jackpot winning ticket.

Prior to New Life 2019 LLC's $437 million win, the biggest jackpot in New York Lottery history was won by Harold Diamond, of Wurtsboro. The retired elementary school principal was the sole winner of a $326 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2014.

(See Retired NY principal claims $326M lottery jackpot, Lottery Post, Jan. 12, 2015.)

The last New York Mega Millions jackpot winner was Wayne Harris, of Homer, who won $105 million in 2017.

Mega Millions jackpots start out at $40 million and roll over if there is no jackpot winner. Tickets are sold in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Posted: February 20, 2019, 7:36 am - IP Logged

Anonymously claimed it in New York!!  New Life 2019 did what they say can’t be done!!! Fantastic!  G5

Players who've won large lottery jackpots have something in common. Many of them say "I've played the lottery for years, but I never won anything but small prizes."   That's normal or typical, but it's also why you should not get discouraged and stop playing.  Who knows?  Maybe someday you'll say "I've played the lottery for years...."

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    Posted: February 20, 2019, 8:05 am - IP Logged

    $7.65 Million each (minus more taxes that will be due) Very nice payday indeed!! ... Congrats to all of you !! Have a wonderful life with your new wealth. Thumbs Up

    Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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      Simpsonville
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      Posted: February 20, 2019, 8:17 am - IP Logged

      They certainly would miss Yolanda Vega!

       

      Their Attorney Eric Jaffe followed the advice of Cuomo who vetoed legislation allowing anonymity for lottery winners by stating basically get a LLC.  This is exactly what they did, good for them.

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        Posted: February 20, 2019, 8:19 am - IP Logged

        Anonymously claimed it in New York!!  New Life 2019 did what they say can’t be done!!! Fantastic!  G5

        Not an anonymous state. They formed a LLC. The question now is if NY ever releases the names of the winners.

        Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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          Posted: February 20, 2019, 8:34 am - IP Logged

          A quick pick won it for them. 

           These large pools certainly cut into the size of their checks. Each one will still owe another 13% to the IRS.

           Enjoy it while it lasts!Party

           "We are all in this together!" 

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            Posted: February 20, 2019, 9:18 am - IP Logged

            So a $23.00 investment gets one a $176 mil return. Now that's not only great, but sweet!

            I keep telling you fine folks, it's the water!! Big Smile

             * Voice of Reason *   

             

            People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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              Posted: February 20, 2019, 9:31 am - IP Logged

              Congrats on the win!

              This was the first Super Pack winner. The Super Pack offers one Quick Pick game for each of New York's jackpot games: Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto.

              On Jan 25, 2019, Lottery Post reported that David Johnson, 56, of Brooklyn, NY won the Dec. 26 drawing of Power Ball for the $298.3 million jackpot with a ticket purchased using Super Pack as well.

              Brooklyn truck driver quits job, comes forward as $298M Powerball winner

              The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

              “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

              Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

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                Simpsonville
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                Posted: February 20, 2019, 10:17 am - IP Logged

                282 tonight, a Palindrome @ that. (Powerball).

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                  Posted: February 20, 2019, 11:14 am - IP Logged

                  So a $23.00 investment gets one a $176 mil return. Now that's not only great, but sweet!

                  I keep telling you fine folks, it's the water!! Big Smile

                  I keep telling you fine folks, it's the water!! Big Smile

                  That's what makes our N.Y. bagels taste soooooooooo good!

                  The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

                  “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

                  Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

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                    Posted: February 20, 2019, 1:09 pm - IP Logged

                    PartyCongrats!!!

                    Life, love, family Love

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                      Posted: February 20, 2019, 1:16 pm - IP Logged

                      What fun!  I wonder how long it will take for all the names to be "leaked" as someone just wont be able to be quiet in a group that large working among people who didnt play...

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                        Posted: February 20, 2019, 2:12 pm - IP Logged

                        What fun!  I wonder how long it will take for all the names to be "leaked" as someone just wont be able to be quiet in a group that large working among people who didnt play...

                        Loose lips sink ships.  Wonder if any frivolous lawsuits will arise from non-players that particular drawing?

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                          Posted: February 20, 2019, 3:43 pm - IP Logged

                          I keep telling you fine folks, it's the water!! Big Smile

                          That's what makes our N.Y. bagels taste soooooooooo good!

                          Used to eat my fair share of " Noah's Bagels " out here on the West Coast in my late teens, but they have all but disappeared.West Coast water though..Approve On 2nd thought, l think they used Fijian water.

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                          People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                            Posted: February 20, 2019, 3:51 pm - IP Logged

                            A quick pick won it for them. 

                             These large pools certainly cut into the size of their checks. Each one will still owe another 13% to the IRS.

                             Enjoy it while it lasts!Party

                            Whatever their situation music, taxes in this country are inescapable when talking about the " Lottery. " Like the grim reaper, they come calling, whether you like them or not. I think this group are looking on the bright side: They ending up with more money than they each started off with, and that is not a bad thing,all things considered. I * think it is Weshar who says " $500,000" would set him up for life.Simple times.

                             * Voice of Reason *   

                             

                            People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.