Three New Process Gear workers claim Mega Millions jackpot

Three New Process Gear workers are the lucky winners of the Mega Millions jackpot valued at $26 million.

Freddy Hands of Syracuse, Ronald Edwards of Syracuse, and Douglas Tedford of Canastota say they used sports jersey numbers to help pick the ticket numbers. The winning numbers were the jersey numbers of favorite athletes: 12 for former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach; 17 for former Boston Celtics star John Havlicek; 21 for former Syracuse and Detroit Pistons star Dave Bing; 23 for former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan; 30 for former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis; and 24 for former Celtic Sam Jones.

They tell CNY Central they've been playing the same numbers for five years now.

I looked it up again. Once I saw that I said 'Thank you Jesus'. After I got done running around my house, I went to the plant and let him know" said Hands Thursday morning.

"I thought he was joking. I had to follow him halfway through the plant to reassure me that's what it was" said Tedford.

All three will take home a check for $3,728,078 in a lump sum after taxes, but say they will continue to work.

The winning ticket was sold at the Price Chopper on Erie Boulevard and drawn on June 22.

Friday's coverage:

Someone has come forward to claim a lottery jackpot of $26 million, but the identity of that person has not yet been released.

The New York State Lottery has confirmed that shortly before noon on Friday someone came forward to claim the $26 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn earlier this week. That winning ticket, the only one in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery, was sold at the Price Chopper supermarket on the corner of Erie Boulevard and Midler Avenue in Syracuse.

Lottery officials would not release any other information about the winner. They say they are working on a public presentation for next week.

Original story from Wednesday, June 23:

A Central New York resident just won a lot of money, but we don't know who it is - yet.

The New York State Lottery reports that a single ticket for the Mega Millions jackpot of $26 million dollars was purchased at the Price Chopper supermarket on Erie Boulevard East in Syracuse. The lottery also says that the purchaser of the ticket has not come forward yet to claim his or her prize.

Mega Millions is a 40 state lottery game. Winners can choose to receive their prize as either 26 annual payments or a lump sum equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.

Tickets are sold for one dollar each.

The winning numbers in the June 22, 2010 Mega Millions drawing are: 12, 17, 21, 23, 30 and Mega Ball 24.

This is the second large lottery jackpot won in Central New York recently. Craig Jones of Liverpool, a maintenance worker at Syracuse University, won a $1 million prize on a scratch-off ticket from the Sunoco A-Plus market on Morgan Road in Clay. Jones will receive a yearly check for approximately $33,000 (after taxes) through 2029.

"I feel truly blessed," said Jones. "This money won't bring me instant happiness, but it will bring a level of comfort knowing that I can take care of my family."

The Lottery says Jones is the second Onondaga County Lottery player in 2010 to collect a $1,000,000 top prize. Susan Kot of Kirkville received her $1,000,000 prize on the Harley Davidson ticket in March.