A New Jersey Lottery representative gave Quick Stop Food Store owners Apexaben and Kauschik Patel a check for $ 30,000 for selling the Mega Millions jackpot ticket that won the February 11 draw.
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EDISON - Who thought Avenue Inman was a dream boulevard?
For a lucky person, the Quick Stop Food Store at 940 Inman Avenue was the place where their dreams came true.
On Tuesday evening, the store sold the winning $ 202 million ticket to the Mega Millions draw. It was the first Mega Millions jackpot of 2020.
The winner has not yet advanced, but the owners of the Quick Stop Food Store have already received their commission for the sale of the winning ticket.
James Carey, executive director of the New Jersey Lottery, came to the store on Wednesday afternoon and presented Apexa and Kauschik Patel with a ceremonial check for $ 30,000, their bonus for the sale of the winning ticket.
"Congratulations to Quick Stop Food Store and owner Apexaben Patel for selling this winning ticket," said Carey. “The victory made this local Quick Stop a very popular place. It will continue to be known across the country as a very "Lucky Lottery" place. "
The Patels said they plan to invest the money in the store, which they have owned for 10 years. Kauschik said he was happy to sell the winning ticket and that he was always happy when his customers won.
"Every year I hope to win, win, win here," he said.
But it may be the store and the Patels that are a magical place where lottery dreams come true. The Quick Stop Food Store counter displays numerous winning tickets, with prizes of $ 1,000, $ 2,000, $ 2,500, $ 10,000, $ 20,000 and $ 250,000.
The Patels also own a Krauszer convenience store in Linden where a winning ticket of $ 250,000 was sold in 2017 and a winning ticket of $ 5 million in 2015.
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The winning numbers drawn on February 11 were 4, 6, 32, 52 and 64, plus the mega gold ball 6. The lucky ticket holder wins the jackpot estimated at $ 202 million ($ 142.2 million in cash ), according to the lottery.
Carey gave the lucky winner some advice: "Sign the back of this ticket right away ... it says it's yours." "
However, the identity of the winner may never be known as a law recently signed by Governor Phil Murphy allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
So far, the winners of New Jersey lotteries have yet to be identified.
The Mega Millions jackpot will be reset to $ 40 million for the Friday night draw, with a cash option of $ 28.1 million.
For more information, visit the lottery website at www.njlottery.com.
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