New York Ticket Holder Claims Million Mega Millions JackpotTuesday September 26th 2017
The winner of a $104 million Mega Millions jackpot has made contact with New York Lottery officials just days after landing the nine-figure sum. The Cortland County resident, who secured their prize in Friday night’s drawing, correctly matched the numbers 5, 39, 54, 63, 66 and Mega Ball 15 to end a run of 15 consecutive rollovers.
New York Lottery Reaction
The ticket holder, who purchased their winning entry from the Mirabito gas station in Preble, 20 miles south of Syracuse, spared no time in contacting the New York Lottery to arrange collection of their life-changing prize. "We are thrilled that a New Yorker has taken the Mega Millions jackpot," Gweneth Dean, director of The Empire State’s lottery, told reporters.
"This lucky individual just became one of Central New York's richest individuals, and we can't wait to introduce the winner to everyone,” continued Dean.
This is the first Mega Millions jackpot to be won since a player from Palos Heights in Illinois landed a prize of $393 million in the drawing on Friday August 11th. The latest victor, whose identity is set to be made public in the coming days, must now decide between accepting a one-time payment of $66 million or receiving the full $105 million in annuity payments over the next 29 years.
Mega Millions Changes
This win comes just a month ahead of a series of changes that are set to be made to Mega Millions. The alterations, which will take effect from Saturday October 28th, will see the number of main balls decrease from 75 to 70, while the Mega Ball pool will be expanded from 20 to 25. This modification may see the odds of winning the jackpot lengthen, but the likelihood of players securing the second tier prize of $1 million will dramatically increase.
So, while you wait patiently for Mega Millions to evolve, why not try your hand at securing a big prize in tonight’s drawing? To be in with a chance of winning, pick your numbers online or play through any authorized retailer across the U.S. Good luck!