Again, N.J. hits Mega Millions jackpot
New Jersey has hit another major jackpot.
The top Mega Millions prize of $19 million was won by a single ticket sold by Dollar Subs at 646 Elm St. in Kearny, near Newark, in Hudson County. It matched all the numbers drawn Friday night: 4, 22, 23, 27 and 38, with a Mega Ball of 42. As a result, the jackpot reboots to $12 million for Tuesday's drawing.
It's the fifth time this year that Garden State has scored a major multistate jackpot.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia is still waiting for someone to claim a $131.5 million annuity prize, won in the June 22 Powerball drawing by a ticket purchased at Federal Beer in Point Breeze.
Speaking of Powerball, Wednesday's jackpot is up toa whopping $235 million for the annuity, $136.5 million for the cash, because no one matched all of the numbers drawn Saturday night: 9, 23, 40, 53 and 58, with a Powerball of 6.
And guess which state also scored a big secondary prize.
New Jersey sold one of four Powerball tickets worth $1 million for matching the first five numbers Saturday night. It was sold at the Food Mart in Elmwood Park, Bergen County.
The latest jackpot winners in Jersey Darryl and Judith Smith of Mays Landing, Atlantic County. On Wednesday, they claimed the May 31 Mega Millions jackpot, which had an advertised annuity of $30 million. They opted for the cash: $22 million. That's before taxes, of course. He bought the winning ticket at the Vineland Truck Stop in Buena.
On May 23, Giuseppe “Joe” Garofalo claimed his half of the $198 annuity jackpot from the May 17 Mega Millions drawing. He bought his ticket at Kwik Farms in Tinton Falls, Monmouth County. He went for the lump-sum payout, worth $73.3 million before taxes. The other winning ticket was sold in Farmville, Va.
Coincidentally, another Joe from Tinton Falls won a major jackpot in March 2012, when Celeste and Joseph Tamburello were the only winners of a $70 million annuity jackpot in Powerball. They opted for the $43.5 million cash.
New Jersey had its biggest winner ever this March, as Pedro Quezada of Passaic hit a Powerball jackpot with an annuity worth $338.3 million and collected the cash, $211 million, less taxes.
In January, an $89 million Mega Millions jackpot was won by Angel Guallpa-Mayancela of Orange, Essex County, N.J.
In September, Christopher Manzi of Morganville, N.J., and a friend, Willie McPherson of New York, split a $14 million Mega Millions jackpot won by a ticket bought in Manhattan.
Pennsylvania had two Powerball winners last year. Roger Custer of Bucks County collected $33 million cash won in a December drawing, and Philadelphia's SEPTA 48 shared an April 2012 jackpot worth $107.5 million cash.
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