New Jersey Family Claims $77 Million Jackpot

RELEASE DATE: 12/4/2009

LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS, TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Lottery today announced that the Lopes Family of Union County have come forth as the New Jersey winners of the $77 million jackpot from the MEGA MILLIONS drawing held on November 10, 2009.  The Lopes Family will be splitting the enormous windfall with another winner in California.

“Congratulations to the Lopes Family, our latest Mega Millions jackpot winners,” said Steven Palmieri, Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery, “This is New Jersey’s second Mega Millions jackpot winner in 2009—and what’s even more remarkable is that they’re the sixth New Jersey winner in just the past three years.”

New Jersey’s newest millionaires chose the cash option, which means they will receive approximately $24.2 million before Federal and State taxes. The Lopes Family purchased their winning ticket at Buyrite Supermarket, located at 965 Maggie Avenue in Union, Union County.  The tickets were selected by the Lopes Family, and were not a ‘quick pick’ selection.  The winning numbers for the Tuesday, November 10 drawing were: 08, 21, 29, 34 and 37, and the Gold Mega Ball number was 15.