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$58 million Mega Millions jackpot ticket bought at Penn Station

Groups waiting for LIRR trains at Penn Station

Groups waiting for LIRR trains at Penn Station gather for the evening rush near the board on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

LIRR commuters, check your tickets. Your lottery tickets, that is.

The winning ticket in the $58 million Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday was purchased at Penn Station, lottery officials said.

The single ticket -- worth a lump-sum cash option of $38.3 million -- matched all five numbers 2, 23, 32, 45, 55 and the Mega Ball of 12, and was purchased at Carlton Cards, 1 Penn Plaza, according to the New York Lottery's website.

"I'm happy," store owner Gay Patel said.

Most of his clientele are commuters, he said, and for much of the day, people have been coming in checking their tickets and talking about the lucky sale there.

But, like the station, customers are always passing through, and Patel said he feels no favoritism about who among them should win and no advice yet about what they should do with all their green.

"I don't know who plays," Patel said. "Sometimes they never come back."

If Patel sounded a little blase, that could be because he said his store has helped mint millionaires several times.

But the big ticket this time will funnel $10,000 to Patel for being the lucky seller.

Still, the store owner said the quick cash is not going to change him.

"I'm 69," said Patel, a New Jersey resident. "I would never retire. I like to work."

As of shortly before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, no one had come forward to claim the winning ticket, a lottery spokeswoman said.

Also for Tuesday's drawing, one Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million was purchased at Kings Park Stationers, 56 Indian Head Rd., the lottery said.

That ticket matched all five numbers in the drawing but missed the Mega Ball.

Nationwide, two other tickets matched the five numbers but missed the Mega Ball, including one sold in Florida in which the Megaplier option was played.

The Florida ticket doubled the winnings to $2 million, the lottery said.


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