Numbers Announced For Mega Millions Jackpot Of $312 Million

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mega Millions fever was as hot across the Tri-State with the jackpot swelling to the sixth-highest in the drawing’s history.

Ticket buyers lined up across New York for a chance to take home the estimated $312 million jackpot. The numbers announced at 11 p.m. Friday night were 22, 24, 31, 52, 54, The Mega Ball number was 4.

Earlier Friday, Manhattan resident Paul Kravitz thought it might be his lucky day.

“This morning I woke up, I said ‘I’m coming to this store and I’m buying,'” he told CBS 2’s Mark Morgan. “Just having a decent morning and that doesn’t happen that often.”

“Today might be the day. It might be my lucky day. If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck. So today just might be my day,” Harlem’s Willie Lebeau told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports: What would you do with $312 million?

Asked if he’s feeling lucky, Mike Gritspies laughed: “Maybe yes, maybe no, I don’t know.”

The chance at the jackpot of a lifetime drove many to take a morning work break and try their luck, but one woman took some spousal advice to heart.

“Well actually my husband told me the Mega Millions pot is $312 million so I said ‘let me get in there. You got to be in it to win it’,” said Karen Mohammed of Brooklyn.

Asked if it was one of the few times she listened to her husband, “Yes and I hope that I win,” she laughed.

Money is a universal language so naturally two women from Italy were well aware of the massive Mega Millions jackpot. They walked out of Penn Station with a stack of tickets and a dream saying that if they won the money they’d donate some first and then travel the world.

A few men, who work the overnight shift, told 1010 WINS’ John Montone that they don’t talk of mansions or private jets — all they want is a night of solid sleep and spending time with their families.

A sudden influence of $312 million would allow them to say goodbye to those long nights.

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola with ticket buyers in Sunnyside, Queens

“I would stop working, I’d save some, spend some and share some,” one man said.

Danny Young, said the hours are taking their toll. “You’re getting home at six o’clock, eating, saying hello to the kids and going back to bed, that’s no life,” he said.

If you the Mega Millions jackpot, what would you do with the money? Let us know below!

Officials said a rise in sales had helped bring Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot from $304 million to the current $312 million.

If no ticket matches all six numbers in Friday’s drawing, the estimated jackpot may reach the $390 million range for the March 29 drawing.

The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 176 million. The winner will be able to choose between receiving the full jackpot in 26 annual payments of about $12 million, or a one-time cash option of about $198.2 million.

On Tuesday, nine people came close to claiming the then-$244 million jackpot. Second-place winning tickets were purchased in the Bronx, Manhattan, Nassau, Westchester and Rockland counties.

In January, players in Idaho and Washington won the second largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. Players in New Jersey and Georgia won the highest-ever Mega Millions jackpot, $390 million, in 2007.

MegaMillions is played in 42 states–New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are among them.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Zhacayna

    If the Lord will to win that money. First thing I would do is to help all the missionaries spreading the word of God in the world. then build the very nice church, help all my relatives who are poor, donate to charities, and help people who are in need. Pay all my debt, and I love to travel, so I love to go to a nice places and always thankful for this blessings.

  • David

    This lucky boy bought his ticket close by, and will be making a statement soon!In the meantime, think we will go look at a Lear Jet, or maybe a G5.

  • can'tgetnuff

    I would take 99 more wives.

    • charlie

      the first thing i would do is spit it with my wife since ny is 50/50 then tell her to get the f… out

  • Jane Doe

    the funny thing about this jackpot is that no one in the TRI state will win – the winner or winners will be some red neck in the middle of no where who’s about to die that will enjoy this money or any mega jackpot.

    The FBI should seriously investigate the Lottery. its a total rip off. a scam if you ask me.

    such a damn shame.

  • 1608

    I would still be POOR.
    Because I too LOVE my children and family.

    Wait except for the fam. that comes out of the woodwork, you know the ones I’m talking about.

  • Manny

    If i win I would do Absolutely nothing!! Just relax by the 4 foot deep Oval pool i have in my back yard!!!! No mansions, No cars, No Jets just sitting by the pool and relax!!!

  • duhwinning

    I hope it’s not the number from Lost again

  • J

    I would donate about 10 million after the IRS takes its cut to the Japan relief fund. Money can’t buy you life, but good deeds can ;)

  • Troy Woodson

    I would hire a financial planner and invest $ in IRA’s,C.D’s and some real estate. I would set up trust funds for my kids. I would help out family and friends. Donate to charities and help some of the less fortunate. I would travel the world. I am not sure if I would retire. I have a personal goal and that is to work at my job for thirty years. That way I can receive a full pension and medical benefits.

    • leese1c

      I had to goal to be at my work 30 years too. Until I was ther 16 years, trained Koreans and Mexicans and watched them airlift all our equipment over seas then lay off 3000 people. Thats the US caring for their own for ya…SO I hope you make your goal…

  • Francis

    I would get gastric bypass surgery so I can lose weight and look good. Then I would find a hot actress or model to date and travel around the US and then the world visiting nude beaches and having fun. I would be so happy everyday I would think im dreaming.

  • Ken

    I’d deffently quit my job pay all my bills and then move to idaho and change my name

  • jon browning

    i hate these stupid articles that ask what would you do with in this case 312 million its not 312 million currently you get about 63% of the advertised pot after a lump sum payment then taxes so its what would you do with approx 115 million still a hell of a lot of money but a big difference



  • lU

    What about the lord’s work the gospel has to be preached before he returns and it is going to take money to get missionaries out.

  • Patty

    Once the $ is in the bank, I would retire early, set up trustfunds for my children and future grands, pay off all my debts including friends and family, pay for my children’s education upfront, purchase my dream home, hire a staff to maintain my home including a chef and personal trainer! I would go on a shopping spree with my family and shop till we drop! I would donate some to a favorite charity, travel the world and enjoy my life with my husband and family.

  • nycemployees

    I will make my boss to work for me, give her hardest time on her work

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