New York Lottery Winners
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Queens Player Wins $476 Million Mega Millions Jackpot
April 14, 2023 - After 20 consecutive Mega Millions draws without a winner, New York Lottery history was made when a player from Queens landed the state’s biggest-ever jackpot, worth $476 million. The winner purchased their ticket from Liberty Beer & Convenience in Ozone Park, and was later revealed to be Johnnie Taylor from Queens. He chose the lump sum of $253 million.
$432 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Won in Manhattan
September 21, 2021 - A pizza produced a whole lotta dough for one lucky Mega Millions player. The ticket, purchased at Pronto Pizza on West 48th Street, matched all six numbers - the white balls 36, 41, 45, 51 and 56, and the gold Mega Ball 13. The prize was claimed a couple of months later by two players – who formed a group known as Goodtimez, LLC. One was from Manhattan and the other from Hillsboro, New Jersey. They took the cash lump sum of $315 million.
Retired Government Employee Wins $343M on Powerball
October 27, 2018 - The biggest Powerball prize ever paid out in New York went to Robert Bailey, a retired government employee who had bought his ticket from a deli in Harlem. The jackpot was worth $687 million and was split between Bailey and another player from Iowa. Bailey decided to take his share of the money as a lump sum, and set his sights on travelling to Las Vegas and the Caribbean. He also revealed that he wanted to ‘give back to Manhattan’, and promised to keep playing the lottery.
Cash4Life Millionaire Made in the Bronx
January 5, 2021 - If you bought a Cash4Life ticket in the Bronx for Tuesday's draw, check your numbers - you could be NYC's newest millionaire! One lucky ticket sold at Hudson Parkway Pharmacy at 5700 Mosholu Ave. is worth a sweet $1 million. The ticket matched the five main winning numbers on January 5: 19, 29, 45, 51, and 52, only missing the Cash Ball, which was 2. The winner has one year from the date of the drawing to step forward and claim their prize.
Brooklyn Man Wins $126 Million Mega Millions Jackpot
March 8, 2022 - Herman Kahan of Brooklyn matched all the numbers in this draw to win a Mega Millions jackpot of $126 million. He had been a subscription player for around a year, making sure he never missed a draw, and was rewarded with a multimillion-dollar payout. He opted to receive the jackpot as a single lump sum of $52.5 million.
$94 Million Powerball Jackpot Goes to Malta Man
September 16, 2020 - A man from the town of Malta in Saratoga County landed a jackpot of $94 million in September 2020. The lucky ticket, a Quick Pick, was purchased at Minogue’s Beverage Center on Route 9 in the small town of Ballston Spa, near Saratoga Springs. The winner was not fully identified as he claimed the prize through an LLC called ‘September 2020’, electing to take the lump sum payment of $50.8 million.
VA Winner Scores $1 Million on NY Scratch-Off
December 9, 2020 - A Virginian resident hit an amazing $1 million jackpot on a New York Lottery Hold 'Em Poker scratch-off ticket. The winner bought their lucky ticket at 7-Eleven, located on Glen Street in Glen Cove. The prize was claimed as a single lump-sum payout of $537,440 after tax withholdings.
Currently, players still have a shot at becoming an instant millionaire on the Hold 'Em Poker game - there's a single top prize out there to be won.
Buffalo Man Hits $1 Million Scratch-Off Top Prize
December 7, 2020 - The $1,000,000 Win it All scratch-off game definitely lived up to its name for Jonathan Hayes of Buffalo. The lucky winner stepped forward to collect a sweet $1 million jackpot won with a ticket he purchased at Tops Markets on Thruway Plaza Drive in Buffalo. Hayes took his payment as a cash lump sum that came to $557,594 after withholdings.
Erie County schools benefitted from $216,417,671 in Lottery Aid to Education in fiscal year 2019-2020.
St. Lawrence County Player is $1 Million Better Off After Scratch-Off Win
December 1, 2020 - The New York Series Scratch-off game has paid off big-time for Lisbon resident Austin Cadrette, who has claimed a $1 million top prize. The winning ticket was sold by Parkway Country Store on State Route 37 in Ogdensburg.
"I put the ticket in a safe spot when I realized I won," Cadrette said. He chose to take the winnings as a single cash option payment that totalled $618,056 after withholdings. What will he do with the awesome payout? "I plan to invest in real estate," he told lottery officials.
If you'd like to try your luck on The New York Series, there are still two jackpots available on the game - could you be a holiday winner?
St. Lawrence County school districts received $28,982,232 from Lottery Aid to Education in fiscal year 2019-2020.