Congratulations to the New Jersey lottery winner! “Joe” Garofalo of Tinton Falls, New Jersey matched all six Mega Millions winning numbers and claimed his half of the $198 million jackpot with one other Virginia Mega Millions winner. According to New Jersey Lottery officials Thursday, May 23,
“Giuseppe Joe Garofalo of Tinton Falls came forth as the New Jersey winner of the $198 million jackpot from the Mega Millions drawing held on May 17. The lucky winner arrived this morning at lottery headquarters, and joins a winner in Virginia in sharing this jackpot. Mr. Garofalo chose the cash option, which means he will receive $73,279,052 before 25 percent federal withholding and 3 percent state income tax.”
Garofalo’s lucky Mega Millions winning numbers for the May 17 drawing were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, the gold Mega Ball number was 41, and the Megaplier Multiplier was X 4. New Jersey lottery winner, Joe Garofalo, said he purchased $10.00 worth of Mega Millions tickets at Kwik Farms, 590 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls, in Monmouth County.
Carole Hedinger, executive director of the New Jersey Lottery said Thursday, May 23,
“Congratulations to the winner of this incredible jackpot. Joe did everything right that you could ask of a winner of a jackpot of this size – he signed the back of his ticket, put it in a safe place, and then took the time to think about what he wants to do with the money in the future, and the steps he needs to take to get there. We love to see our winners do all of that before they come forward.”
What does Joe intend to spend his fortune on? He’s not sure, but decided not to share his plans for the time being. Maybe the Garofalos will buy a new house, or go on a Caribbean vacation!
Don’t Miss Tonight’s Mega Millions Drawing!
The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for May 24, 2013. Friday’s Mega Millions winning numbers are worth $15 million annuity, or $11 million cash-value. Mega Millions winning numbers are drawn Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11 p.m. EDT at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are sold in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $1 each, and another $1 for the Megaplier option which could instantly multiply your prize winnings.
When is the Next Powerball Drawing?
The next Powerball drawing is scheduled for May 25, 2013 at 10:59 p.m. EDT. Saturday’s estimated jackpot is $50 million annuity, or $31.4 million for a one-time cash lump-sum payment. Both options are before taxes are deducted. The Powerball game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Powerball winning numbers are drawn live Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
Source: MegaMillions.com; New Jersey Lottery
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