The next drawing will be held Saturday, with a cash value of $302.4 million, lottery officials said.
State officials say New York gamblers plunked down a record $9.1 billion on state-sanctioned lottery games in 2012.
At least twice in Nassau County, residents have received phone calls or letters congratulating them on winning a big lottery jackpot, but police detective Vincent Garcia says it’s all a big scam.
The proposal has raised eyebrows in convenience stores, where lottery machines hum throughout the day printing Pick 3, Pick 4, Jersey Cash 5, Pick 6 Lotto, Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.
Lottery players in the tri-state area got the chance to vie for the seventh-largest lottery prize in U.S. history on Tuesday, a $355 million Mega Millions jackpot — or about $208 million if taken as a lump sum.
Scott Margolin thanked his taste for French Vanilla coffee for his windfall.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Givner said that since June 1, MasterCard users have been billed as if they were taking cash advances.
A criminal investigation has been launched against an alleged Lotto ticket scammer. The Queens district attorney said Friday someone tried to cheat a $14 million lottery winner out of his prize money.