In spite of what a lot of our losing tickets have been reading, New Jersey has been a pretty good place to play the lottery these days.
The state has produced four major prize winners so far this year, led by the $338.3 million annuity Powerball jackpot won in March by Pedro Quezada of Passaic.
This past weekend saw two more winners come from New Jersey. Philly.com reports that the winning ticket for a $30 million Mega Millions jackpot was sold at Vineland Truck Stop of Atlantic County. This win came only two weeks after Giuseppe Garofalo of Tinton Falls claimed half of a $198 million annuity grand prize in the May 17 game.
Perhaps the luck rides in the buyerâ€™s location. Nj1015.com reported that Tinton Falls residents Celeste and Joseph Tamburello won a $70 million annuity jackpot in Powerball back in March 2012.
The other huge jackpot winner of the year came in January, when Angel Guallpa-Mayancela from Orange of Essex County won an $89 million Mega Millions grand prize.
The second winner of the weekend came from Monmouth County, where a player won $1 million in Powerball for matching only the first five numbers. Howell Patch reported that the winning ticket was sold at Buy-Rite Liquors in Howell.
Three other players won the $10,000 third prize from their tickets in the May 31 Mega Millions drawing. According to the New Jersey Lottery web site, two of the tickets came from Middlesex County, one bought at Acme Check Cashing Service in Edison, while the other came from Windsor Pharmacy in East Brunswick. The other ticket was purchased at Welsh Farms Country Deli in Tinton Falls (again), of Monmouth County.
The recent run of luck in New Jersey is not limited to the major jackpots. A winning Jersey Cash 5 ticket for the drawing of Monday, June 3 was purchased in Camden County.
According to the Lottery web site, the ticket was worth $76,173, and was sold at Super Deals Food Market in Pennsauken.