A person in New York became very lucky last night after winning the $432M Mega Millions jackpot. The winning ticket was bought at Pronto Pizza on 48th Street and 6th Avenue. At the moment, the identity of the winner is still anonymous.
The winning ticket matched all six numbers played and the winning numbers were 36, 41, 45, 51, 56, with a Mega Ball of 13 and a Megaplier of 3x. According to the New York State Lottery, the odds of winning a jackpot this big were 1 in 302 million.
This isn’t the first time that Pronto Pizza has sold a winning ticket. According to the owner, David Khirali, the store has also sold a $1 million and $3 million ticket in the past.
“Very happy for them. Especially at this time, in the pandemic time, with the problems. It’s a good time for them to get this money,” said Khirali. The owner admitted that he doesn’t know who won the ticket because there were a lot of people coming in to play the lottery that night, but he hopes it’s one of his regulars. The ticket was bought Tuesday night right before the drawing.
The Manhattan pizza shop will get a $10,000 prize for selling the winning ticket. According to Khirali, since the Mega Millions win, he has sold even more tickets to customers that hope the pizza shop will produce back to back winners. Khirali is also hoping for more winners, and said that customers think his store is lucky.
According to the state of New York, an individual winner of the lottery who has won a large sum of money cannot remain anonymous forever. Winning groups are allowed to stay anonymous and in 2019, a group of 23 co-workers from Long Island won $437 million on New Year’s Day. This winning is still the largest in the state and through a LLC group called New Life 2019 LLC the co-workers were able to take home their $7.7 million in private.
The winner may choose to take the money in a lump sum, which would be $315 million ($192 million after taxes) or decide to get the whole $432 million spread out in payments. Another winner was also able to celebrate their Mega Millions win last night. A ticket in Connecticut matched five of the winning numbers and got the second place prize of $1 million.
New York saw another big lottery win earlier this year when a couple upstate won a $96 million jackpot in February.
This Mega Millions jackpot was so big because no one had won since the last winner on June 8 in Illinois. Another big jackpot is set for Powerball, which is currently at $490 million and the drawing will take place tonight. If someone wins, then it would be the 10th largest Powerball jackpot on record.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot this year happened back in January when a lottery player in Michigan won $1 billion on a ticket. Previously, the record Mega Millions winner happened back in 2018 with a winning sum of $1.537 billion and the record Power Ball win happened in 2016 when three people from California, Tennessee, and Florida had matching tickets and won $1.586 billion to split among themselves.
The Mega Millions will reset at $20 million and the next drawing is set for Friday.