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New Jersey Mega Millions Winner Claims $202 Million
|Postato: 28 Ott 20 alle 18:28 | IP Salvato
A lucky lottery player in New Jersey has claimed a $202
million Mega Millions jackpot won in February. The Garden
State ticket holder was the sole winner of the prize with
a $142.2 million cash value.Get more news about
The player has chosen to stay anonymous, an option for
New Jersey Lottery winners after a new state law came
into effect in January 2020 - just a month before the
winner hit it big. Under the new law, the winner was able
to keep their identity private when claiming their prize
and did not receive publicity. Before the law was passed,
a winner's name, town, and county were released.
The amazing win was the first time the Mega Millions
jackpot was hit in 2020. It had been rolling since
December 17, 2019, when a ticket in Ohio won $375
million. That winner also opted to remain anonymous and
claimed via The Great Hope Trust.The New Jersey player
purchased the winning ticket at the Quick Stop Food
Store, 940 Inman Ave. in Edison, Middlesex County. The
ticket matched all six numbers in the Tuesday, February
11, 2020 draw: 4, 6, 32, 52, 64 and the gold Mega Ball 6.
It's been a very lucky year for Middlesex County lottery
players, who have scooped two major prizes so far in
2020! A $190 million Powerball jackpot-winning ticket was
sold at Buy-rite Liquor Piscataway at 1353 Stelton Rd.,
Piscataway for the April 8 draw. The prize is still
unclaimed.The state's newest Mega Millions winner
revealed to New Jersey Lottery officials how their life-
changing windfall came about.
The day after the draw, the Lottery announced that the
previous night's jackpot-winning ticket had been sold in
the Garden State. The player saw the news on Facebook and
went to get their ticket from their car.
After checking their numbers, the winner was overwhelmed
by their good fortune, but was able to pull themselves
together and go back to work as they collected their
thoughts and planned for the future.
Later that day, New Jersey Lottery Executive Director
James Carey visited the Quick Stop Food Store and
presented a $30,000 bonus commission check to owner
Apexaben Patel and his family for selling the winning
ticket.Carey also offered words of advice to the newly-
minted winner. "We always tell people when you win –
sign the back of that ticket right away," he said. "Then
put it in a safe place, talk to an attorney, talk to a
financial advisor, and come to us and claim that ticket."
Carey didn't know it, but the winner, still feeling
shocked by the life-changing event, was listening
intently to the press conference and taking notes to
determine what to do next.
The player then wasted no time signing the ticket and
seeing a lawyer to assist in planning for how to handle
the huge windfall they were about to receive.
The ticket holder then patiently waited more than seven
months to step forward and claim their incredible win.
The deadline to claim a lottery prize in New Jersey is
one year from the winning draw date. After that, the
ticket is no longer valid and the prize expires.