Two Central New Yorkers are a lot richer today after claiming their Mega Millions prize. Robert Savage, a registered nurse from Cicero, and Dorothy Hall, a real estate appraiser from East Syracuse, each won $250,000.
Hall purchased her ticket at the Nice N' Easy on Kirkville Road in East Syracuse. The store has been busy the past two days as lottery hopefuls came in to check their numbers and see if they were the lucky winners. "A lot of people coming in and I say 'Did you win? Did you win?' It's been very busy I've never seen this many people come in to buy tickets," said Melissa Jones who works at the Nice N' Easy.
"I'm amazed that I just happened to buy one across the street and little do I know someone is winning right over here. So it just shows it's possible somebody can win," said Eric Cushing who bought $5 worth of tickets.
The odds of winning the second place is 1 in 3 million.
A player in Idaho, and one in Washington state both hit the jackpot. They will split $380-million which is the second biggest pot in Mega Millions history.
To read more about our local winners who took home a quarter-million dollars and how they will spend the money just scroll down and look through our previous coverage.
A local man TMs new year is off to a good start, thanks to his lucky numbers in the Mega Millions drawing this week.
47-year-old Robert Savage of Cicero claimed a $250,000 second place prize as part of Tuesday night TMs near record $380,000,000 Mega Millions jackpot. He is the second Onondaga County resident to claim a $250,000 prize, following Dorothy Hall of East Syracuse, who claimed her prize earlier this week.
Savage matched five of the six numbers drawn Tuesday, missing the $380,000,000 jackpot by just the Mega Ball.
"It was sitting in my car the whole time," said the registered nurse who also serves as a first lieutenant in the Army Reserve. "My ears perked up when I heard on the radio that one of the $250,000 winners was sold at that Hess station."
Savage purchased his ticket on January 4th at the Hess Mart on Route 31 in Cicero. He claimed his prize at the New York Lottery's Syracuse Customer Service Center.
Savage said his plans for the money are set, "My daughter is going to the University of Utah so a lot of it will go towards her education. Beyond that, we're going to invest."
Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game with drawings on Tuesdays and Fridays. The odds of winning a second place are 1 in 3,904,701. The overall odds of winning any Mega Millions prize on a $1 play are 1 in 39.89.
Original Story from Wednesday:
Two Central New Yorkers may not have won the Mega Millions jackpot, but they are walking away with the second prize and a good chunk of change.
According to the New York State Lottery, two of the 67 second place tickets for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing were bought locally. Eleven of the second place winners were from across New York State. The two $250,000 second prize tickets were sold at the Nice N Easy on Kirkville Road in East Syracuse and at the Hess Mart on Route 31 in Cicero.
Meanwhile, two people woke up to find themselves millions of dollars richer. The holders of a ticket sold in Idaho and another in Washington state will be sharing Mega Million's $355 million jackpot from Tuesday night's drawing, lottery officials said Wednesday.
The prize is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the second-largest in Mega Millions history, said Arizona Lottery spokeswoman Cindy Esquer. The lottery's prize of $390 million in March 2007 remains the nation's richest on record.
The two winners from Tuesday will each get $177.5 million. Besides the jackpot, prizes range from $2 to $250,000. The princely sum drew huge interest across the country as thousands of people lined up to buy tickets in 41 states and Washington, D.C., where the game is available.
Hundreds of people poured into the tiny Arizona towns of Littlefield and Beaver Dam, crossing into the state from Nevada and Utah, where Mega Millions tickets are not sold.
At Rosie's Cafe on U.S. 93 north of Kingman near the Nevada line, hundreds drove in over the weekend to buy tickets for the Mega Millions game. "The line was going out the door," with 500 or more in line at times on Saturday and Sunday, said waitress and cashier Christine Millim.
Jackpot winners for the Mega Millions game have to match five regular numbers plus the "Mega ball." The winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25 and 47, with 42 being the Mega Ball number.
One dollar was all it took to buy a chance at millions of dollars - and a lofty dream.
"I'm going to take care of my family - buy them new houses, new cars and travel a little bit," said Larry White, who bought a ticket in Atlanta. Others said they would use the money to start foundations, retire or take vacations.
Sheila Twine, in Atlanta, said she would pay off her and her daughter's bills and help people in need. "With all this money, I could help a lot of people," she said.
Information from the Associated Press and the New York Lottery was used in this report.