Three men accused of trying to con a Guatemalan immigrant into sharing a $3 million lottery jackpot are off the hook after Rockland County prosecutors agreed to drop most of the case.
The overall jackpot was $89 million, but the purchaser gets less because they chose the cash option in matching five numbers and the Mega Ball.
State officials say New York gamblers plunked down a record $9.1 billion on state-sanctioned lottery games in 2012.
Two Mega Millions tickets are each worth $250,000 and a $200,000 Powerball ticket was bought on Christmas Eve at Milleries Food Market in Mount Holly.
Richard Nogid, the general manager of Rite Aid in Shirley, was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the 3rd-degree after an investigation started by Rite Aid Corp., police said.
A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million.
The largest jackpot in Powerball’s history, has rolled over 16 times without a winner.
Huge tickets sales nationwide boosted the top prize from $425 million to $500 million for Wednesday’s drawing.
Earlier in the day, dreamers hoping to become a multi-millionaire hit stores across the Tri-State Area, playing and thinking of what they’d do with the money if they win.
Like all lottery revenues, the money from Mega Millions goes into the state budget to pay for education and higher education programs, human services and veterans’ assistance.
The winning numbers are 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and the Mega Ball is 23.
The winning numbers were 9, 19, 34, 44, 51 and the Mega Ball number was 24.
A jury in New Jersey on Wednesday found a man had cheated five co-workers out of their share of a $38.5 million lottery jackpot.
Six co-workers pooled their resources on a Mega-Millions lottery ticket, when one of them claimed a huge jackpot, the others got mad and lawyered up.
28-year-old Brendan Riordan, a native son of Cavan (yes, Cavan, Ireland), had been playing the New York Lottery with the money he was saving having given up cigarettes – and he’s won big!