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Mega Millions lottery winner to be revealed Friday

Sep 22, 2005, 11:21 pm

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The winner of last week's $258 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot will be revealed tomorrow.

New Jersey Lottery officials have scheduled an 11:30 am news conference on the campus of Seton Hall University to introduce the winner.  They won't say whether the winner was a single individual or a group.

The winning ticket from last Friday's drawing was bought at a newsstand in Rutherford.

The winner will collect the fifth-largest lottery jackpot ever awarded in the US.

Officials have even refused to reveal if the winner is from New Jersey.

If taken as a lump sum payout, the winning ticket is worth $117.1 million after taxes.

The jackpot, which was building since July 26, is the largest in New Jersey history. The state will collect $24.9 million in revenue and lottery agents will share $3 million — with the Leprechaun News II newsstand in Rutherford, which sold the ticket, getting $10,000.

The winning numbers drawn Friday were 5, 16, 41, 46 and 50 with the Mega Ball number 1. The odds of any one ticket having the winning combination were 1 in 175,711,536.

A total of 9.5 million tickets provided prizes ranging from $2 to $250,000, said Everett Merrill, a lottery spokesman. Eleven second-place winners from the state claimed prizes of $250,000.

The previous state record for the biggest single-ticket lottery jackpot is held by Sonny Judson of Cliffside Park, Bergen County, who won a $165 million Mega Millions drawing on July 16, 2002. The nation's record jackpot is $363 million, shared by two Mega Millions winners in May 2000. The largest single-ticket winner won a $314.9 million jackpot in the multi-state Powerball game on Christmas Day 2002.

Eleven other states — California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington — join New Jersey in conducting the Mega Millions lottery.

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