New York Lottery wants to bring $1.6 Billion Mega Millions prize home

ALBANY, NY — The New York Lottery knows there’s more than $1.6 Billion at stake with tonight’s Mega Millions drawing for a record $1.6 Billion.

“The world is watching us and the other 45 Lottery jurisdictions offering the Mega Millions product,” said New York Gaming Commission Acting Executive Director Ronald Ochrym. “This is a chance to shine a spotlight on the pride New York takes in its Lottery and all the good our Lottery does for our schools, small business owners and of course, our players.”

Our “Let’s Win This New York” message showcases the dynamic, can-do spirit that ties all New Yorkers together,” said New York Lottery Director Gweneth Dean. “We want to bring this jackpot home and also celebrate the many winners we’ve created since the start of this jackpot roll.”

The Mega Millions game debuted in New York in 2002. Since then, the New York Lottery has awarded $72 million in Mega Millions second prizes to New York winners. Players win the $1 million second prize by matching the first five numbers drawn. To win the Mega Millions jackpot, players must match the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball.

Tonight’s jackpot of $1.6 Billion began as a default jackpot of $40 million on July 27, 2018. The jackpot has rolled without a top-prize winner a total of 24 times, leading up to tonight’s world-record breaking $1.6 Billion payout.

During this roll up period (to date):

  • New York’s Mega Millions sales have totaled $184,547,771

  • Lottery Aid to Education has totaled $64,591,720, and

  • Commissions earned by New York businesses licensed to sell New York Lottery product have totaled $11,072,866.

New York anticipates sales, Lottery Aid to Education and commissions will escalate exponentially as the evening commute begins. Hourly sales approaching $3 million or more are expected in the final hours leading up to the drawing. Sales will continue until 10:45 tonight.

Tonight’s drawing and results will be televised live at approximately 11 p.m. on the following New York TV stations.

City

Station

Channel

Binghamton

WICZ

40

Buffalo

WUTV

29

Capital Region

WRGB

6

Capital Region

CW

15

Elmira

WETM

18

New York*

WABC

7

Plattsburgh

WPTZ

5

Rochester

WHAM

13

Syracuse

WSTM

3

Syracuse

WTVH

5

Utica

WUTR

20

Watertown

WSTM

3

Watertown

WTVH

5

Since 2002, New York has awarded 36 ceremonial prize checks to the following Mega Millions jackpot winners:

  1. August 27, 2002 – $108 million – Operations 11 Group

  2. November 19, 2002 – $16 million – Lucky 16 Group

  3. December 24, 2002 – $68 million – Unclaimed, purchased in Brooklyn

  4. February 11, 2003 – $128 million – Phin Suy of Brooklyn

  5. April 25, 2003 – $46 million – Unclaimed, purchased in Brooklyn

  6. July 11, 2003 – $34 million – Henrietta Henderson of Uniondale

  7. May 7, 2004 – $67 million – The Penello Family of Rockaway Beach

  8. July 27, 2004 – $10 million – The Zielinski Family of Staten Island

  9. November 19, 2004 – $149 million – Juan Rodriguez of Richmond Hills

  10. August 1, 2006 – $31 million – Unclaimed, purchased in Astoria

  11. September 19, 2006 – $12 million – Jose Santiago Morales Sanchez of the Bronx

  12. April 6, 2007 – $105 million – Gilberto Bueno of Queens

  13. November 2, 2007 – $75 Million – W.J. Albertson of Mahopac Falls

  14. May 23, 2008 – $17 Million (50% share) – Edward & Ellen Hopper of Tompkins Cove

  15. January 13, 2009 – $22 Million – Janet Alnwick of Merrick

  16. March 13, 2009 – $27 Million – Isabel A. Zelaya of Wyandanch

  17. May 29, 2009 – $36 Million – Silverbush Family of Syracuse

  18. July 7, 2009 – $133 Million – Aubrey Boyce of Kew Gardens

  19. August 28, 2009 – $336 Million (50% share) – James Groves of the Bronx

  20. December 22, 2009 – $165 Million – The Morrisons of Suffolk County

  21. May 25, 2010 – $64 million – The Shammas Family of Brooklyn

  22. June 22, 2010 – $26 million – F. Hands, R. Edwards, and D. Tedford of Syracuse

  23. September 17, 2010 – $54 million – Garina Fearon of Brooklyn

  24. March 25, 2011 – $319 million – Hilton, Peck, Barth, Baldwin, Sussman, Kuty, and Mahar of Albany

  25. April 15, 2011 – $71 million – The Gillen Family of Staten Island

  26. December 27, 2011 – $208 million – Daniel Bruckner of San Jose, CA

  27. July 3, 2012 – $85 million – Jin Ok Choi of Staten Island

  28. September 18, 2012 – $14 million – Christopher Manzi of Morganville, NJ

  29. November 2, 2012 – $33 million – Philip Cimino of Garden City

  30. March 25, 2014 – $20 million – Cameron Finney of Mastic

  31. November 4, 2014 – $326 million – Harold Diamond of Middletown*

  32. February 27, 2015 – $126 million – Tammy Pratt of New York, NY

  33. March 24, 2015 – $58 million – The Lucky 16 Trust of West, NY

  34. September 11, 2015 – $106 million – Lopez Family and Friends, Yonkers

  35. January 8, 2016 – $169 million – Nancy Viola of Staten Island

  36. September 22, 2017 – $105 million – Wayne Harris of Homer, NY

*The largest to date