THE NEW Year has started extremely well for one lucky winner who will start 2019 $425 richer, as they matched all six numbers in the Mega Millions lottery.
A lucky New Yorker has secured $425 million in the Mega Millions lottery. The winning numbers for the New Year’s Day draw were 57, 70, 34, 62, 44 and a gold Mega Ball of 14. A statement on the Mega Millions website said: “A single ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night to win the estimated $425 million jackpot ($254.6 million cash). “At that value, it is the eight largest jackpot in the history of the game.” The December jackpot drew no big winners, so the New Year’s Day haul was even larger.
The winning ticket was sold at Brockville Auto Service in the Town of Oyster Bay, according to the New York’s official website.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.
According to Mega Millions, it was only the second time in the game’s history that someone has won the jackpot on the first day of the new year.
The last time someone claimed a huge jackpot was in October when a South Carolina ticket holder won the huge $1.5 million jackpot.
It was the largest lottery prize ever as the jackpot had been growing since July.
Lottery officials said one ticket with all six winning numbers had been sold in the state.
The prize winner was never identified, as South Carolina does not reveal winners of lottery games.