Keep an eye out, there may be a new millionaire in the neighborhood. One thing’s for sure, there was definitely one walking the streets this week, even if they didn’t know it at the time. A million dollar lotto ticket was sold right here on the Upper West Side!
The winning ticket was sold at Millennium Smoke and News at 2345 Broadway (between 85th and 86th). We spoke to an employee at the store who told us that the winning ticket was sold on Friday and they were hoping the news would bring in more business.
The million dollar winner was able to match five of the six numbers in the Mega Millions drawing, hitting the 5, 10, 28, 52, and 63. Sadly, they missed the gold ball, 18, netting them the second place million prize in lieu of the massive $940 million six ball jackpot. No one beat the 1 in 302,575,350 odds and hit all six balls.
That means the jackpot continues to go up. It currently stands at a whopping $1.05 billion, the fourth largest in Mega Millions history and just the fifth ever over $1 billion. Although that will only be the case if the winner chooses to be paid through an annuity, taking the payment over the next 30 years. If the winner takes it all as a lump sum (which almost everyone does) they’ll only end up with a paltry $527.9 million (before taxes).
This is the 29th drawing in a row without a winner, but keep in mind that just because it’s been a long time it doesn’t mean you’re any more likely to win. The jackpot is the only thing going up, not your odds.
Though it’s hardly the first time the Upper West side has gotten lucky. In 2021 the Lucky Choice Convenience store at 118 West 72nd street sold not one, not two, but THREE winning lotto tickets, netting the winners an 8.3 million jackpot split 3 ways and the store thousands of dollars in bonuses.
Unfortunately, Millennium Smoke and News won’t be receiving a prize for selling the winning ticket. While stores that sell jackpot tickets are eligible for a $10,000 bonus, sellers of second place tickets are out of luck.