Cortland County resident hits $105M Mega Millions jackpot
$5M Mega Multiplier ticket from same drawing remains unclaimed
RELEASE DATE: 9/25/2017
A very lucky Cortland County, N.Y., resident is much, much richer after hitting a $105 million Mega Millions jackpot over the weekend.
The individual ticketholder, who has already come forward to claim their prize, purchased the life-changing ticket at the Mirabito gas station located at 7073 Route 281 in Preble, N.Y. The New York Lottery will announce the winner’s identity in the near future.
“We are thrilled that a New Yorker has taken the Mega Millions jackpot,” said New York Lottery Director Gweneth Dean. “This lucky individual just became one of Central New York’s richest individuals, and we can’t wait to introduce the winner to everyone.”
The winning numbers from the September 22 drawing were: 05 – 39 – 54 – 63 – 66 Mega Ball (15).
The winner will have the option of taking the $105 million annuitized prize in 29 laddered payments or receiving the cash value of the annuitized prize in a one-time payment totaling $66M. Mega Millions winners have 60 days from the date they claim to decide how they want to receive their money.
The Mega Millions jackpot winner wasn’t the only lucky New Yorker from the weekend. The September 22 drawing also produced a $5 million Mega Multiplier winner in Cortlandt Manner in Westchester County. The unclaimed ticket, purchased as a Quick Pick at ROA Hook Food Mart at 98 ROA Hook Road, was enhanced by spending an extra dollar for the multiplier, turning what would be an automatic $1 million second-prize for matching the first five numbers drawn into a $5 million windfall.
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