At least one lottery player in New York is looking forward to a New Year that will be $206 million richer after one winning ticket matched all six numbers in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing
The winning ticket was purchased at a King Kullen grocery store in Middle Island, Long Island, a spokesperson for the store confirmed to ABCNews.com today.
“There was a lottery representative here this morning when we opened the store,” Lisa Korpi, the store’s head bookkeeper, said. “They said we had sold the winning ticket and gave us their card and said if the person came in who purchased the winning ticket to please give them that information.”
“We are hearing that it was possibly sold on Monday,” she said.
One day after the drawing, exactly who the winner is remains a mystery.
“We don’t have any idea,” Korpi said, while noting they have also not yet had any imposters looking to cash in on a fake ticket.
“Not yet,” she said. “There’s just a lot of excitement and people wondering if it’s their fellow neighbor.”
New York Lottery officials said the $206 million jackpot makes it the largest ever for a winning ticket purchased on Long Island.
If the winner goes for the cash option, he or she could take home $151.9 million after taxes.
Korpi said the store, a Long Island-based, family run chain known as “America’s First Supermarket,” typically sees a big demand for tickets when the jackpot gets high, but, in this instance, that was not the case.
“We didn’t have crazy lines for this one,” she said. “It was just a typical sale on a typical day.”
The store’s last big lottery sale was a million dollar win on a scratch-off ticket in December 2009, Korpi said.
2011 has proven to be a lucky year for lottery players in New York state.
In June, 20 co-workers at a Long Island Costco store split a $201.9 million top prize in the multi-state lottery.