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Winning Mega Millions $ 144M lottery ticket sold in Texas

Saturday, January 30, 2010 - Someone won the $144 million Mega Millions lottery drawing Friday night and it was not any of us.

One winning ticket was sold in Texas.

The winning numbers from Friday night's drawing were: 1, 10, 22, 23 and 38. The Mega Ball number was 19.

One person who purchased a Mega Millions ticket in Georgia matched five of five numbers but not the Mega Ball to win $250,000. Two more people who purchased tickets in Georgia matched four of the five numbers but not the Mega Ball to win $10,000.

$162 Million Mega Millions Ticket Sold on Long Island



Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - It's going to be a 'Mega' New Year celebration for someone on Long Island.

The one winning ticket from Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing was sold at "Sonny's Cards 'n Things" in Rocky Point.

The jackpot was an estimated $162 million.

The person who bought the ticket chose the 'lump sum' option, meaning they will get their prize money all at once (after taxes, of course), a New York Lottery official said.

The winning numbers were 3 - 33 - 35 - 39 and 45, the "Gold Mega Ball" number was 13.

But the lucky person who came up with those numbers didn't come up with them on his or her own - - they were 'Quick Pick' numbers, chosen randomly by the lotto computer, the official said.

The jackpot climbed to $162 million after 11 straight drawings without a winner.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $390 million in 2007. It was split between two winners, one in New Jersey and one in Georgia.


$200 Millions Mega Millions Winning Numbers Sold in Virginia



Saturday, October 17, 2009 - One lucky person bought a Mega Millions ticket that matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball to clinch a $200 million jackpot.

Lottery officials say the winning ticket in Friday night's drawing was sold in Virginia.

One player in Georgia matched 5 of 5 numbers but not the Mega Ball, winning $250,000. Five more Georgia ticket buyers won $10,000 for matching 4 of the five numbers but not the Mega Ball.

The winning numbers from Friday night's drawing were: 10, 13, 18, 33 and 51. The Mega Ball number was 43.

Mega Millions numbers are drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays in Atlanta


3 lottery players share $225M Mega Millions jackpot


May. 2, 2009 - Three players, in California, Ohio and Virginia, will share the $225 million jackpot from the latest Mega Millions multi-state lottery drawing, taking about $75 million apiece.

The next Mega Millions drawing, Tuesday night, will feature a jackpot of $12 million.

In addition to the grand prize winners from Friday night's drawing, 21 players, won second prizes of $250,000 apiece: 2 from California, 4 from Illinois, 1 from Maryland, 3 from New Jersey, 9 from New York, and 2 from Texas. The second-prize winners matched all 5 regular lotto numbers from the draw, but not the Mega Ball number.

Unlike the winners in the other eleven states, the two California second-prize winners will receive $286,354 each. The discrepancy in the prize amount is due to California's pari-mutuel prize system that awards prizes based on the actual sales and number of winners. The other Mega Millions states use fixed prize amounts for all non-jackpot prizes.

Another 96 players won third prizes of $10,000 apiece by matching 4 of the first 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball number. 15 of those winners were from California and will receive $10,412 instead of the fixed $10,000 prize awarded in the other eleven states.

The winning numbers draw Friday night were 9, 16, 24, 40, and 43, and the Mega Ball was 35.

The Texas Megaplier was 4.


1 ticket in NJ wins $212M Mega Millions drawing


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

New Jersey Lottery spokesman Dominick DeMarco says the one winning ticket in Tuesday's Mega Millions $212 million drawing was sold in Ocean County, New Jersey.

DeMarco can't yet say where it was purchased.

The person who holds it stands to earn about $8.1 million a year, before taxes, for the next 26 years as an annuity.

The cash option is worth about $137 million before Uncle Sam's share is extracted.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot of $390 million was March 6, 2007, shared by winners in New Jersey and Georgia.

The game also includes Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington state and California.

The winning numbers were: 26, 32, 35, 43, 52 and the Mega Ball was 10.


Ohio player wins $207 million Mega Millions jackpot


PIQUA, Ohio Friday 12th December 2008 - A western Ohio mayor says a group of city employees who pooled their money bought the single winning ticket worth $207 million in the latest drawing of the multistate Mega Millions lottery.

The only ticket to match all the winning numbers from Friday night's drawing was sold at a Kroger supermarket in Piqua (PIHK'-wuh).

Mayor Thomas Hudson says the winners are a dozen city employees. But he has declined to name them.

The winning numbers from Friday night's drawing were: 10, 16, 19, 27 and 48. The Mega Ball number was 25.

Twenty-three players won the second prize of $250,000. Another 113 players won the third prize of $10,000.

The next Mega Millions drawing will be on Tuesday night with a jackpot of $12 million.


Rockmart man claims $42 million Mega Millions lottery prize

A software engineer from Rockmart won $42 million this week after matching all six numbers in Tuesday night's Mega Millions lottery, lottery officials said. Rockmart is in Polk County west of Atlanta.

Mark Staffa, 33, discovered his win Wednesday morning while checking the Mega Millions Web site, Georgia Lottery officials said in a press release.

"I couldn't stand up. I just sat there," Staffa said. "My body went kind of numb."

Staffa received a ceremonial check for $42 million during a Wednesday afternoon press conference at lottery headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

According to lottery officials, Staffa wants to help his parents retire, and plans to travel the world, especially Europe.

Staffa matched the winning numbers - 16, 19, 39, 42 and 44, and the Mega Ball of 38 - on a "Quik Pik" ticket that he bought at Scott's Market in Dallas in Paulding County.



Georgia Couple Win $270 Million Lottery


All those lottery players holding crumpled, worthless Mega Millions tickets can take some consolation: The couple who won the $270 million jackpot on the 22nd of February 2008 are just too nice to resent.

Robert and Tonya Harris matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball in Friday night's drawing, the only such ticket in the multistate game.

The Georgia Lottery has not yet confirmed a winner because the winning ticket must be presented for verification and the lottery offices are closed until Monday, spokeswoman Tandi Reddick said.

The Harrises held up a pink ticket bearing the winning numbers as they talked to a TV reporter in front of their mobile home Saturday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also had a story on the couple Saturday night.

Robert Harris, wearing a pink shirt and dark sunglasses, said he and his wife don't normally play the lottery. But they made an exception this time. For their numbers, they used the birthdays of their grandchildren.

"They're my life," the 47-year-old iron worker told WSAV-TV of Savannah. "Them grandkids are everything I work for - strive for - to make sure they have a good life. And now they're going to have a good life."

Harris said he planned to take the lump-sum option, which would amount to about $164 million before taxes.

By early Saturday, this town of 584 residents located about 50 miles northwest of Savannah was buzzing. The Georgia Lottery had announced that the winning ticket had been sold at a convenience store called Clyde's.

At that time, no one yet knew it was the Harrises. Store manager Billy Hodges could say only that a middle-aged woman had purchased the ticket for her family Friday.

"It happened to a nice lady; I think this lady really deserves it," Hodges said.

Robert Harris said that at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, one of his daughters called him and said someone in town was holding the winning ticket. The Harrises checked, and one by one the numbers came up right: 7, 12, 13, 19 and 22, plus the Mega Ball of 10.


What are the odds of that? About 1 in 176 million.


Sometime during the family celebration, Robert said he called in to his employer, Quinlain Enterprise, and told them he was retired.

"It really hasn't sunk in, but I know that I won't have to get out there and work," he said.

"As hard as he's been working for 21 years ... if anyone deserves it, he does," his wife said.

When asked how his life would change, Harris told the Journal-Constitution: " I used to live in a trailer. And I used to be an iron worker."

In addition to the grand prize winner, 36 players - including six Californians - matched all five numbers but not the Mega Ball number. They will receive second prizes of $250,000 each.

Another 207 players matched four numbers, plus the Mega Ball number. Those are good for third prizes of $10,000 each.

The jackpot slips back to $12 million for Tuesday's drawing.