Second place isn’t so bad when it comes to a record Powerball jackpot.
Although nobody matched all six numbers in this weekend’s historic Powerball lottery drawing totaling nearly $950 million, one Ridgewood grocery store sold a million-dollar, second-place winning ticket.
Chef Hong Inc., located at 56-31 Metropolitan Ave. (also known as Four Season Fresh Farm), sold the ticket, which was the largest prize won from Saturday’s drawing. The winner has reportedly not come forward as of yet to claim their prize.
After taxes, the winner stands to receive $629,240 of the million-dollar prize. New York City takes out 3.876 percent, while New York State takes 8.82 percent and the federal government takes 25 percent.
The winning Powerball numbers were 16, 19, 32, 34 and 57 with the Powerball number being 13. The odds of winning the jackpot were one in 292.2 million.
Eighteen other lucky winners across New York City won prizes ranging from $50,000 to $150,000.
“While no one hit the jackpot prize, dozens of New Yorkers are vastly richer thanks to Powerball,” said Gardner Gurney, director of the Division of the Lottery. “New Yorkers are cashing in big time on history.”
The New York Lottery encourages everyone who purchased a ticket to check their tickets again, as they could be holding a winner. Tickets expire one year after the game’s drawing.
The next drawing will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and the jackpot will be an astronomical $1.4 billion (yes, with a “B”), making it the largest lottery prize in world history. Before taxes, if the winner receives a lump sum payment in New York City, the winner will receive $868 million; after taxes, the winner would walk away within $540.7 million.
If no one matches all six numbers in Wednesday’s drawing, the jackpot will continue to grow.