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New York Mega Millions Winner Claims Jackpot

Jan. 12, 2015 – For one lucky New York couple, 2015 is the start of a whole new life.  The winner of November’s $326 million Mega Millions jackpot came forward Monday to claim his prize. Harold Diamond, 80, of Wurtsboro, N.Y., arrived at a Valero gas station in style Monday, stepping out of a limousine along with his wife, Carol. The lucky couple were greeted at the gas station by a crowd of reporters, then introduced by the New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega. Carol Diamond said the pair bought the lucky Mega Millions ticket after bad weather cut short a trip to nearby Middletown. The next day, Harold heard from a cashier that someone had purchased the single winning ticket in Circleville, N.Y., but didn’t have the winning ticket handy to check. So the jackpot realization had to wait until he got home.  “I put on Cable 6… and I saw the numbers.  I saw the first five numbers, so I immediately knew we won a million,” Diamond said. “When I saw the last number, I yelled up to my wife ‘I think we just won a few bucks,” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd on hand. The couple said they passed the ticket back and forth, double and triple-checking until they were sure of the big win. Diamond said that he’d like to take Carol on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary, but didn’t mention any other plans for the windfall. The winning numbers Diamond matched in the Nov. 4 drawing were 9, 15, 24, 39, 41 and the Mega Ball was...

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Millions Won on Cash 4 Life in N.J., N.Y.

July 15, 2014 – After their first month playing the new multi-state game “Cash 4 Life,” New Jersey and New York lottery players have raked in millions in collective winnings – more than $5.4 million in New York alone – and two players have won the game’s top prize. Cash 4 Life was launched Monday, June 16, and has since made thousands of winners in each of its twice-weekly drawings.  In New York alone, just fewer than 1 million players have won one of the nine prizes offered by the game. Two players from New York have already won the game’s top prize – $1,000 every day for life – and one player from each state was also lucky enough to win a second prize – $1,000 every week for life. New York’s first top-prize winner bought their ticket at a 7-Eleven, located at 41-00 Bell Blvd., in Bayside.  The second winner bought their $1,000-a-day ticket at a Waldbaum’s store, located at 156-01 Crossbay Blvd., in Howard Beach. New Jersey’s biggest winner far picked up their second-prize winning ticket at a Quick Check in Somerville, located at 1296 U.S. Highway Rt. 28. New York’s second-prize winning ticket was bought at Vipra, Inc., located at 93 Main St. in East Rockaway. The for-life annuity prizes are the game’s key features; when Cash 4 Life was introduced, lottery officials said the game owed its existence in part to players’ great response to “for life” prizes offered by scratch-offs. And the game’s name isn’t just a daydream-inspiring advertisement.  The annuity prizes are, in fact, paid out “for life,” and have a minimum payout period of 20 years.  The minimum payout can even be willed to an heir, should a winner die before they can collect the guaranteed portion of their prize. Of course, each prize also has a lump-sum, cash option if winners want their money up front.  First prize winners can choose a $7 million cash option, and second prize winners can take a $1 million cash option. Which...

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Cash 4 Life Game Debuts in N.J., N.Y.

UPDATE: July 15, 2014 – After a month of Cash 4 Life drawings, two winners have already won the game’s $1,000-a-day top prize, and two others have scored the second prize, worth $1,000 a week for life.  Read more about the first month of Cash 4 Life drawings here.   June 17, 2014 – The New Jersey and New York lotteries kicked off their new multi-state game “Cash 4 Life” Monday; the game’s very first drawing was held just before 9 p.m. last night. The winning numbers in the first-ever Cash 4 Life drawing were 9, 36, 44, 53, 59 and the sixth number – the Cash Ball – was 3. There were no tickets sold in either state that matched all six winning numbers to win the game’s top prize, which is worth $1,000 every day for life. Nobody won a second prize either, which is also structured as life-long payouts of $1,000 per week, or $52,000 each year. Though nobody was able to win the two top prizes, there were more than 57,000 Cash 4 Life winners made in the first drawing.  Together, those winning tickets are worth about $254,000. And while nobody had the luck to win cash for life, there were six players who won third prizes for matching four white numbers and the Cash Ball.  Each will receive a $2,500 prize. And another 15 players scored $500 fourth prizes after they matched four white numbers, missing just two of the winning numbers drawn. The new game was announced in May, and ticket sales started Friday, June 13.  Cash 4 Life drawings are held in New Jersey every Monday and Thursday night just before 9 p.m., and while the game is currently only available in New Jersey and New York, it could be introduced in several other states next year.  Click here to read more about Cash 4 Life.   Photo Credit: DeviantArt User 2bgr8stock.  Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution...

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Cash 4 Life Game to Launch in N.Y., N.J.

May 29, 2014 – Starting June 16, New Jersey and New York Lottery players will have a brand new game offering chances to win daily paychecks for life. The new game is fittingly called “Cash 4 Life,” and the top prize is structured in “daily” payouts of $1,000 for life, with a minimum payment period of 20 years. The New York Gaming Commission voted to approve the new draw game Tuesday.  Cash 4 Life will replace the Lottery’s current “Sweet Million” game, which they said has had “limited success” According to a record of Tuesday’s meeting, the game was developed by the New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia lotteries, though only New York and New Jersey will offer the game to players this summer.  Other states may add the game to their offerings next year. Cash 4 Life drawings will be held at the New Jersey Lottery headquarters every Monday and Thursday.  Each ticket for the new game will cost $2, and players will need to match six winning numbers to hit the Cash 4 Life jackpot. Players will choose five numbers from one to 60 and a single number – the “Cash Ball” – between one and four. Matching all six numbers correctly would earn players the $1,000 per day jackpot.  Matching the first five numbers but not the Cash Ball would be worth a weekly payout of $1,000. Both the top prize and the second prize would be paid as annuity prizes, according to New York Gaming Commission documents. The top prize would be valued at $7,000 per week or $364,000 each year, and the second prize would be worth $52,000 per year. In all the game offers nine prizes, starting with a $2, break-even prize for matching just one of the first five numbers and the Cash Ball.  The highest non-annuity prize available would be the game’s third prize, which will be worth $2,500. While the odds of winning the top prize in Cash 4 Life are slim at...

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Mega Millions Jackpot Won in New York

March 26, 2014 – It’s been just one week since a $414 million Mega Millions jackpot was split by two winners and already there is another jackpot winner out there.  One ticket sold in New York matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday to win an estimated $20 million jackpot. The six winning Mega Millions numbers Tuesday were 19, 26, 51, 57, 73 and the Mega Ball was 15.  Tuesday’s Megaplier was 3x, so players who added the optional multiplier to their ticket and won a prize will receive three times the normal prize value. The New York Lottery has not yet announced where the jackpot-winning ticket was sold.  When the big winner comes forward to claim their prize, they’ll have a choice between the $20 million annuity prize or an $11 million lump-sum cash prize, before taxes. The big jackpot winner was the only Mega Millions player on Tuesday who matched all five white numbers drawn.  Though players won more than $2 million in non-jackpot prizes Tuesday night, nobody became a new millionaire with the game’s second prize. Sixteen players did manage to match five of the six winning numbers – four white numbers and the Mega Ball – to win $5,000 third prizes. None of those third-prize winners added the Megaplier option to their tickets, which would have multiplied their third prizes to $15,000. There were a total of about 1.2 million winners Tuesday night who won about $2,481,000 in non-jackpot prizes.  Just over 141,000 winning tickets had the Megaplier option added; Megaplier winners won about $680,000 Tuesday. Another jackpot win means another reset for Mega Millions’ top prize.  Friday night’s drawing will feature an annuity jackpot worth $15 million, with a cash value of $8 million. For  a state-by-state list of how late you can buy Mega Millions tickets before Friday’s draw, check out this...

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New York Sings Finalists Announced, Voting Opens

March 13, 2014 – The New York Lottery will today announce the finalists for their New York Sings contest, a promotional contest the Lottery launched to raise awareness about their mission to raise funds for education in New York. New York students were invited to submit videos of themselves singing “Thank You for Being a Friend” for a chance to win as much as $10,000 for their school. Today, the Lottery announced the finalists: School of the Arts, Frederick Douglass Academy, Union Springs Central Schools, Batavia City School District and PS205. The voting period to decide the New York Sings winners opened today and will remain open until Thursday, March 27.  The school that receives the most votes for their rendition of “Thank You for Being a Friend” will win $10,000. Second place will win $5,000 for their school, and the third prize in the contest is worth $2,500.  Each of the prizes from the New York Sings contest will directly support the music programs at each winning school. Director of the Division of Lottery in New York, Gardner Gurney, said the contest was “just another way the New York Lottery can give back to schools in our state.” Fans of the New York Lottery, family and friends of the students named as finalists can vote through a Facebook app dedicated to the New York Sings contest.  Votes can be entered once per day. Once the votes are in, the winning schools will be notified on March...

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