A retired Sullivan County, New York, school principal drew the sole winning ticket from a $326 million Mega Millions game two months ago, making him the biggest winner in state lottery history.
Harold Diamond, 80, purchased the winning multi-state ticket in Middletown, New York, on Nov. 4. Cponfession: I (the writer of this post) grew up in Middletown. And no, I do not know Mr. Diamond.
Diamond had 60 days to contact lottery officials, and the Wurtsboro resident finally did so just before Christmas.
The lottery winner and his wife arrived at the site where he bought the ticket in a limo, were cheered by onlookers and handed a giant bouquet of red roses.
He’ll get to select his winning payout ” either 30 annuitized payments or a lump sum of $197.45 million, which accounts for state and federal taxes.
It’s the biggest payout in Empire State history, as Diamond topped “The Albany 7,” a group of state employees who divided a $319 million jackpot in March, 2011.