SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - If you purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket during a visit to Pierre's Deli on George's Road in the last couple of days, you should definitely check that ticket.
Lottery officials said Wednesday that one lucky customer from that deli matched five of the winning numbers in Tuesday night's drawing, worth a cool $1 million.
"I am very happy on my anniversary, the 25-year anniversary (of Pierre's of South Brunswick) to be able to give $1 million to somebody," Owner Pierre Hage-Butros said Wednesday afternoon. "It was a surprise for me to say that the winner was from our deli."
Hage-Butros said he got the word from lottery officials who stopped by the deli around 11 a.m.
He opened his business in the township in 1990 and is now celebrating 25 years in that town and his first anniversary of the Labebe Restaurant on Route 130 in North Brunswick.
"I'm very happy it happened like this," he said.
New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger announced Wednesday that an Illinois Lottery ticketholder won the Mega Millions jackpot of $260 million in the drawing.
The winning numbers for the Tuesday, June 2 drawing were: 02, 09, 11, 22, and 23. The Gold Mega Ball was 12, and the Megaplier Multiplier was 04.
The lucky winner has not yet come forward.
The $1 million prize was the largest in New Jersey, according to lottery officials, but there were other winners in the state.
Twenty New Jersey tickets were sold that matched the four white balls and the Gold Mega Ball, winning the $5,000 third prize.
One of those tickets was sold with the Megaplier option making it worth $20,000, which was sold at Citco, 720 Spring St., Route 129 South, Elizabeth in Union County, according to lottery officials.
The other $5,000 winning tickets were sold in the following locations:
• Convenience Food Mart, 184 Rivervale Rd., Rivervale in Bergen County;
• Northvale Gas, 264 Livingston St., Northvale in Bergen County;
• Shoprite Liquors of Englewood, 53 Nathaniel Place, Englewood in Bergen County;
• King’s Farm, 747 Lyons Ave., Irvington in Essex County;
• Kings Super Markets, 159 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood in Essex County;
• P.S. Gas & Food Mart, 1100 Hessian Ave., National Park in Gloucester County;
• Shoprite of West Deptford, 1077 Mantua Pike, West Deptford in Gloucester County;
• Route 3 East Shell, 300 Route 3 East, Secaucus in Hudson County;
• Alexander Twin Pharmacy, 1060 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton in Mercer
• Old Cedar Liquor Store, 1056 South Olden Ave., Hamilton in Mercer County;
• Two winning tickets were sold from C-Town Supermarket, 272 Maple St., Perth Amboy
in Middlesex County;
• Bing’s Deli, 222 Main St., Avon in Monmouth County;
• Convenience Corner, 355 Monmouth Ave., West Long Branch in Monmouth County;
• Lakeside Bagels Deli & Pizza, 104 Boonton Ave., Kinnelon in Morris County;
• Eldorado Winehouse, 340 Route 46 East, Mountain Lakes in Morris County;
• Country Farms, 892 Fischer Blvd., Toms River in Ocean County;
• Forked River Butcher Shop, 109 Lacey Rd., Forked River in Ocean County;
• Kings Super Markets, 300 South Ave., Garwood in Union County.
Another 226,215 New Jersey players took home $437,260 in prizes ranging from $1 to
$200, according to Hedinger.
“Congratulations to the lottery winners and to the retailers that sold all of those winning tickets,” said Hedinger. “For selling the winning tickets, the retailers have become many more Lottery ‘lucky locations’ overnight.”
Each of the retailers will also recieve a bonus for selling the winning tickets, according to the lottery.
The jackpot will now reset to $15 million for Friday night's drawing.
Since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey Lottery (NJLottery.com) has contributed more than $23 billion to the State in support of education and institutions.
In Fiscal Year 2014, the Lottery’s contribution was more than $965 million, according to the agency.
Among its beneficiaries are: veterans homes, colleges and universities, school nutrition programs, homes for the developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, higher education scholarship programs and the Marie Katzenbach School
for the Deaf.
So before you throw that dirty pair of pants or shirt in the washer, make sure to check the pockets.
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