July 8, 2009

New York seeks $133 million lotto winner

New York lottery officials said they are seeking the holder of a Mega Millions ticket worth $133 million that was purchased in New York's Queens borough.

Patel Dilip, 35, an employee at the Shiv Convenience Store in Queens, said lottery officials informed him that the winning ticket was purchased at his store, but the ticket holder has yet to come forward and claim the prize, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

No one has come to make a claim yet, said Patel Dilip, 35, who works at the Shiv Convenience Store on Hillside Ave. As far as I know it was a woman and she is really lucky.

Lottery officials said the ticket was the only one purchased to match all six numbers in Tuesday's drawing -- 25, 27, 35, 38, 39 and Mega ball number 28. They said the purchaser allowed the numbers to be selected at random by the computer and chose the lump sum option, which will mean an $82.7 million payment to the winner before taxes.