I lived in Queens once, so I’m pretty happy to report that the latest Mega Millions winner bought their ticket in that most excellent borough of New York.
It was a quick pick. That’s right: a freaking computer gave someone $133 million. Talk about just rewards. Someone had that luckiest of all days ever.
Isn’t that what we all want…those of us who play the big money games? But a computer…. God blessed the winner. There is no other explanation.
In Queens, people are keeping their eyes peeled for the person holding a Mega Millions ticket worth $133 million.
“No one has come to make a claim yet,” said Dilip Patel, 35, who works at the Shiv Convenience Store on Hillside Ave.
Hey…I grew up near Hillside Avenue.
“As far as I know it was a woman and she is really lucky,” said the worker.
There was only one ticket that matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s drawing, officials said. The winning numbers were 25, 27, 35, 38, 39 and the Mega ball was 28.
The store, which Patel said sells about $4,000 in lottery tickets daily, was adorned with bright orange signs Wednesday calling on the ticket holder to step forward.
Patel, an immigrant from India, said lottery officials called him around 8 a.m. Wednesday informing him that his store sold the winning ticket.
The store, owned by Jayef Patel, who is unrelated to Dilip, will get $10,000, lottery officials said.
Officials said the winner allowed the computer to pick the numbers. The player selected the lump sum option instead of getting 26 annual payments.
There were also three second prize tickets sold in Monroe, Suffolk and Dutchess counties. Those tickets matched five numbers and are worth $250,000 each.
I couldn’t be happier for the winners.
GAMES WE PLAY:
There was no big winner in the Wednesday night, July 8, Powerball game. Winning numbers are 19,42,50,53,56 and the Power ball is 39. The Power Play is 2.
5 tickets matched the first five numbers. Each ticket is worth $200,000. Those tickets were bought in Connecticut, Florida (2), Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
The July 11 Powerball game is now offering up a $38 million jackpot.
The July 10 Mega Millions game jackpot reverts to a $12 million jackpot.
While the Euro MIllions jackpot is soaring…and is now up to 38 million euros.
Good luck, players around the world.