Are You The Lucky Winner Of The $355 Million Jackpot?

NEW YORK (CBS New York/AP) — In 38 states and Washington D.C., people lined up for the chance to start the New Year right — really right.

Lottery players in the tri-state area got the chance to vie for the seventh-largest lottery prize in U.S. history, a $355 million Mega Millions jackpot. That works out to about $208 million if taken as a lump sum.

The winning numbers — 4 , 8, 15, 25, 47 and Mega Ball 42 — were drawn at 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

COMMENT: What Would You Do If You Won?

“We’d buy a house somewhere warm, where the streets are plowed,” David Joseph told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

Randy Breidbart, of Park Avenue Financial Advisors, offered some advice to the winner, saying they should put the money into a safe spot and take their time to develop a sensible spending and investment plan.

“It’s a huge, huge responsibility to have that kind of money,” Breidbart told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports from 23rd Street

CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport spoke to some passionate players in the area about how they went about choosing their numbers.

The responses ranged from a daughter’s birthday to a license plate number to the last four digits of their Social Security number.

One by one customers came into the Leprechaun News Stand in Rutherford, N.J. to try their luck.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports from Rutherford, N.J.

“Everybody is thinking this time maybe one dollar will change my life,” owner Yogi Patel said.

Five years ago, Patel sold New Jersey’s largest ever single winning ticket — $258 million — and one man is hoping luck strikes twice.

“I could live on a million, I could live on a half-a-million maybe,” he said.

1010 WINS Reporter Al Jones talks with a financial expert about what to do if you won the lottery.

CPA David Lifson said the winner of the prize should consider breaking “it up into various asset classifications.”

“So that you have something for now — to enjoy your winning — something for the mid-term, something for the long-term and maybe something for your family after your gone,” he said.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $390 million in 2007. The prize was shared by two players in Georgia and New Jersey. Tuesday night’s jackpot is the third largest ever offered since New York joined the multi-state game in 2002.

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  • henry

    I would buy a big truck with a plow and use it on secondary and tertiary streets

  • Stacey McGhee

    If I won I would help others. I wish I did because I would have lifted off a lot of financial stress. I am going to have to pay off over 50,000 dollars in financial assistance for going to college.

  • Stacey McGhee

    I didn’t win, but whoever did Congrats!!!!. I hope you donate to a charity. There are a lot of people out there who need money, I am one of them. Maybe next time it goes up over 300 million I will win. I would donate. If I won I would have made sure my mother was debt free. She has helped my family and it is about time to help her. I wish I did then she would have retired with a nest egg.


    i never win the mega millions! i have better luck at horse racing

  • susan T

    All you need is a dollar and a dream. Last night i had a dream i had a dollar.

  • lottoman

    I would buy 355 million lottery tickets

  • alla

    i would destroy saturn’s rings. all of them.

  • Viv

    I got 4 out of the 5 white balls no mega ball. can someone tell me how to tell how much I won?

    • rob

      not much like 175 bucks. i got that when it was 290 million and i won 154 bucks

  • jo

    i would go to medical school, not for the money of course but just to accomplish my dream, and then set up my own free clinic.

  • Lozama Benladen

    Descansar por los menos
    dos anos viajando por el mundo y despues hablar de negocios.

  • Jackie Berg Nicoletto

    I would love to win, stay at home with my kids and raise them myself, start a charity for kids. Sooo many possibilities.

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  • Al Khan

    I have always maintained in my life so far that if and if I win the Jackpot, Fifty percent will go to best charities to better the life of people in my own Country of Origin India and surrounding States. I will donate the other 40% to top research instittutions in the World who are working hard to bring a cure to Cancer. I will only keep 10% for myself and my family.

  • Harper

    I would share the cash with family, friends, organizations for sick children, offer scholarships for school for children, for my self I’d pay off al my debt, buy a modest house in a nice neighborhood and travel first class round the world.

    • Earlessvangogh

      I feel similarly. Pay off debt, buy a nice apartment in Manhattan, take care of family and friends, provide to my favorite charities, invest, travel the world and work in a career I love.

  • John

    The dough is mine…The dog gone dough is mine!!!

    Don’t waste your time…You know the dog gone dough is MINE!!!

  • John

    You guys will never win unless you trade on the stock market, today alone various companies soared and could have made you lots of money.

    Remember you have better odds at picking or PEIX the night before the big run up today than you do picking the correct lotto numbers with odds at 1 in 176 million.

  • Kim H

    Maybe if I could win, Maybe I could find a nice girlfriend. I could then live the way life should be lived. If I don’t win then maybe everyone could send me a dollar and maybe I could start to live..

  • Kim H

    Why couldn’t I win
    l just once…Thats all I want. Being poor is bad on the health.

    • shatam bedford

      i feel ya im poor and sick off life

    • Chaim

      Yes, you do have better odds… at losing all your money that you put into the stock market OR just put one dollar into the lottery and make more money then one individual person ever made in the stock market

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  • David Flores

    got wood just thinking about it

    • Ophelia Rod

      Then we should call you Mr. Green Schween.

  • Schmellma Arss

    Do you think if it hits 300 billion Mike Bloomberg will play?

  • Ellen

    Well Dave then be careful for what you pray for because it just might come true. Remember all those relatives, neighbors, and friends form high school who will be giving you a whole load of sob stories, and their hands out for more and more money.

    • dave

      and if they really need it I would help them,but more I would help people in third world countries and just try make a difference in people who are sufferings life.

  • Michael P.

    Hope who ever wins is a generous person.

  • dave

    Save your money,because I am gonna win. I got the winning numbers.Thanks.I will help many people when I win tonight,330 is a lot but I will be okay

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