Staten Island Player Wins $165M Mega Millions Jackpot

NEW YORK (AP) -
Customers purchase tickets for the Powerball lottery at the CA lotto store in San Bernardino County, California, on the California-Nevada state line January 9, 2016. Millions of Americans anxiously awaited Saturday night's drawing in the multi-state Powerball lottery hoping to win a jackpot that has climbed to a record $900 million and could top $1 billion before the frenzy to buy tickets ends, officials said. California, the nation's most populous state, normally sees Powerball sales of $1 million a day, but on Saturday morning sales were a head-spinning $2.8 million an hour, said California Lottery spokesman Mike Bond. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Customers purchase tickets for the Powerball lottery at the CA lotto store in San Bernardino County, California, on the California-Nevada state line, Jan. 9. (Reuters/Gene Blevins)

While scores of Americans have shelled out cash for a chance at winning the Powerball lottery with a jackpot that’s grown to over $900 million, a lucky player on Staten Island became a multimillionaire after buying a Mega Millions ticket.

But the $165 million prize is a paltry sum by comparison.

The unidentified person bought the winning ticket for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing at the Willowbrook Deli on Staten Island.

Deli manager Sarbjit Singh tells the Staten Island Advance that he was “shocked.”

The winning Mega Millions numbers were 11, 39, 51, 57 and 75, plus the Mega Ball 2.

The record jackpot for the multistate Powerball has been getting all the attention, especially as no winner came forth Saturday night.