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Lottery ticket bought in Queens hits $133M Mega Millions jackpot

Jul 9, 2009, 8:00 am

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New York Lottery officials and a crew of convenience store workers are keeping their eyes peeled for the person holding a Mega Millions ticket worth $133 million.

"No one has come to make a claim yet," said Dilip Patel, 35, who works at the Shiv Convenience Store on Hillside Ave. "As far as I know it was a woman and she is really lucky."

There was only one ticket that matched all six numbers in Tuesday's drawing, officials said. The winning numbers were 25, 27, 35, 38, 39 and the Mega ball was 28.

The winning ticket was a Quick Pick: the numbers on the winning ticket were selected at random by the lottery terminal.

Friday's jackpot reverts to $12 million.

The store, which Patel said sells about $4,000 in lottery tickets daily, was adorned with bright orange signs Wednesday calling on the ticket holder to step forward.

Patel, an immigrant from India, said lottery officials called him around 8 a.m. Wednesday informing him that his store sold the winning ticket.

The store, owned by Jayef Patel, who is unrelated to Dilip, will get $10,000, lottery officials said.

Officials said the winner allowed the computer to pick the numbers. The player selected the lump sum option instead of getting 26 annual payments.

There were also three second prize tickets sold in Monroe, Suffolk and Dutchess counties. Those tickets matched five numbers and are worth $250,000 each.

The Suffolk second-place ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven on East Northport Road in Kings Park, according to lottery officials. The other second-place winners from New York were sold in Dutchess and Monroe counties.

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