Thursday, July 31, 2014
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NJ wins another Mega Millions jackpot!

Again? It's the third this year, and the fourth top prize counting Powerball.

For the fourth time this year, a New Jersey ticket has hit a major lottery jackpot.

Friday night, the Mega Millions numbers came up 2, 20, 26, 44 and 46, with a Mega Ball of 26, and the only ticket to match them all was sold in the Garden State.

The prize: $30 million for the annuity, about $20 million for the cash.

A Pennsylvania ticket missed only the Mega Ball, winning $250,000. California and New York each had two second-tier winners, while Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Michigan each had one.

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.

Delaware got lucky on March 25, as a ticket sold at Rehoboth Beach Super G was one of three nationwide to hit a $50 million Powerball jackpot.

Pennsylvania had two Powerball wins last year. Roger Custer of Bucks County hit a $50 million jackpot in December, and the SEPTA 48 hit a $172.7 million jackpot with a ticket bought at the Gallery in Philadelphia.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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