New York Lottery Announces Rule Change To Mega Millions Drawing

Written By Matt Boecker on March 31, 2023
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The New York Lottery has announced new rules for its Mega Millions drawings that every player should now.

Starting April 4, tickets purchased for a Mega Millions drawing on the same day must be made by 10 p.m. ET.

The NY Lottery current rules state that Mega Millions tickets for same-day draw’s can be bought until 10:45 p.m., with drawings held at 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

New Mega Millions rules for New York Lottery

According to a New York Lottery press release, the move is strictly operational and won’t impact individuals interested in playing the Mega Millions. Altering the purchase close time will allow the New York Lottery to complete procedures necessary with each drawing.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2, with customers selecting six numbers from two pools. Pool one features five numbers from 1 to 70, and pool two is 1 to 25. You can also opt to have your numbers autogenerated.

All six numbers must be an exact match for a player to win the jackpot, which carries odds of 1 in 302,575,350.

Bronx resident hits $20 million Mega Millions jackpot

Jerson Garcia of the Bronx matched all five Mega Million numbers from the Jan. 17 drawing, giving him a $20 million payday. Garcia’s numbers were 2-12-18-24-39 and Mega Ball 18.

Garcia purchased the winning slip at 170th Street Grocery in the Bronx. He elected to take the lump sum payment of $6,492,471 after taxes.

Queens woman wins $10 million from 200X scratch-off

Queens native Chrisoula Malonoukus won $10 million from a 200X scratch-off, which is the highest prize possible from the New York Lottery game.

Malonoukus bought the ticket at Astoria Center and chose to claim a one-time payment of $6,122,400 after taxes.

One 200X top prize remains out there, waiting on a lucky New Yorker.

Saratoga County Trust cashes $3 million Megaplier

A Mega Millions Megaplier from the Jan. 10 drawing has been claimed by a Ballston Spa-based 1102023 Trust, which was worth $3,000,000. When purchasing a Megaplier, it can multiply non-jackpot winnings up to five times.

Smokes 4 Less in Newburgh sold the ticket, with winning numbers 7-13-14-15-16 and Mega Ball 9. After taxes, the prize paid $3,001,500 as a single lump sum.

$1 million scratch-off goes to Chemung County local

Elmira native Richard Horton played the VIP Millions scratch-off and earned a $1 million prize. Horton bought his lucky ticket at a 7-Eleven in his hometown.

He elected to take the single lump sum compensation of $651,000 post taxes. There are still 27 $1 million VIP Millions tickets up for grabs across New York.

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Born in Oak Lawn, Illinois, Matt graduated from Northern Illinois University, where he covered NIU hockey for the Northern Star. Since then, Matt has specialized in NFL and NBA coverage for various websites and podcasts before shifting gears to casino and sports betting coverage.

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