A $1 Wager And A Set of Quick Pick Numbers Earn Irondequoit Woman A $1,000,000 Mega Millions Second Prize

RELEASE DATE: 12/13/2013

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. – Migdalia Julia of Irondequoit, Monroe County has a plan for winning the Lottery.

"I always play Mega Millions when the jackpot gets over $100,000, 000," said Julia, now in her 27th year of employment as a machine operator at International Paper.

Julia's plan finally paid off last month when the mother of three purchased one set of Quick Pick numbers for the November 15 Mega Millions drawing offering a jackpot of $149,000,000.

Julia said she stopped at the Wegmans at 2200 Ridge Road East in Rochester after work. "I turned in a Take Five winner and bought a $1 Quick Pick for the next day's Mega drawing. I always go with the Quick Picks," she said.

The frugal Lottery player said she checked her numbers over the weekend and realized she had the first five numbers. "I knew it was a million dollar winner," she said. What the new Lottery millionaire didn't know were the odds of winning that $1,000,000 second prize. When told about the 1 in almost 18.5 million chance of matching the first five numbers drawn Julia said, "Wow! Those are definitely high odds. I feel good about myself; that I was able to do this for my family."

The winning numbers for the November 15, 2013 Mega Millions drawing were 25 – 44 – 49 – 54 – 63 and Mega Ball (08).

Julia claimed her winning ticket on November 18 at the Lottery's Customer Service Center in Buffalo. She will receive her prize in one lump sum payment totaling $661,800 after required withholdings.

Like her plan for winning the Lottery, Julia's plan for spending her Lottery prize is pretty straight forward. "I plan to take care of family and then take care of myself. Family comes first." 

Julia is the 129th New Yorker to win a Lottery jackpot prize of $1,000,000 so far this year. She is the first Lottery player from Monroe County to win the new $1,000,000 second prize in the recently re-formatted Mega Millions game. Other changes to the multi-state mega jackpot game include a bigger starting jackpot (to $15 million from $12 million) and better overall odds (to 1 in 14.71 from 1 in 39.89).

The New York Lottery contributed $161,462,177.02 in Lottery Aid To Education to school districts throughout Monroe County during fiscal year 2012-13.

About the New York Lottery
The New York Lottery continues to be North America's largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.04 billion in fiscal year 2012-2013 to help support education in New York State.  The Lottery's contribution represents 15 percent of total state education aid to local school districts. 

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education.  It takes into account both a school district's size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

About the New York State Gaming Commission
The New York State Gaming Commission regulates all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in the state, including horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, class III Indian gaming, video lottery terminal facilities at race tracks, the state lottery and charitable gaming.

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