As we turn the calendar to summer, the Powerball jackpot has very quietly climbed past the $100 million mark again.
It seems like only a month ago when huge grand prizes were up for grabs in both of New Jersey’s multi-state lottery games, Mega Millions and Powerball.
As a matter of fact, it was. An 84-year old Florida widow claimed the $590.5 million Powerball jackpot of May 18. Meanwhile, according to the Mega Millions web site, Giuseppe Garofalo of Tinton Falls won a share of the $198 million Mega Millions jackpot from the game of May 17.
Currently, no one won the Powerball grand prize for the drawing of June 19, so the Powerball web site reports that the jackpot will now grow to $127 million for the game of June 22, with a cash option value of $77.3 million. Six consecutive drawings have now taken place without a jackpot winner.
Few people are lucky enough to win jackpot prizes, but there is still decent money to be had in the New Jersey Lottery’s secondary prizes. The New Jersey Lottery reported that in the game of June 18, 26,986 players won $104,003 in Mega Millions prizes worth $2 to $150.
And a Jersey Cash 5 ticket won $281,257 for the drawing of June 17. The ticket was sold at Hometown Food Market in Neptune, Monmouth County.
A lot of people aren’t lucky enough to win big, but there arte other people who are just outright hateful. Cary Collings of Puyallup, Washington won $55,555 in a “Red Hot 5’s” scratch-off game about a week ago. Lottery Post reported that Collings bought more tickets after claiming his winnings, and promptly won another $200,000, his second winner in less than 24 hours.
Let me amend my previous statement; Mr. Collings is not hateful, as long as he wants one of us for his new best friend.