You are reading

Long Island City Bodega Sells Winning $1 Million Lottery Ticket

Momta Grocery, located at  50-12 Vernon Blvd.  (Google Maps) (1)

Momta Grocery, a bodega on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, sold a $1 million winning lottery ticket Friday  (Photo: Google Maps and Wikipedia)

Jan. 16, 2023 By Michael Dorgan

A Long Island City bodega sold a $1 million winning lottery ticket Friday — proving that Friday the 13th isn’t always an unlucky day.

Momta Grocery, located at 50-12 Vernon Blvd., sold the ticket that scored second prize in Friday’s Mega Millions draw, lottery officials said. The bodega is situated adjacent to Tournasol restaurant near the Vernon Blvd. – Jackson Ave. subway station.

The ticket holder was one of four second-place winners in New York, with each winning $1 million. Each player matched five numbers to scoop the prize.

The ticket holder has yet to be identified, according to a store worker who spoke to the Queens/LIC Post early Monday.

The store worker said that the staff at the bodega was notified about the win Saturday morning and the news has generated plenty of buzz in the neighborhood.

“We are very excited,’ the worker said. “A lot more people have been calling in to do the lottery here over the last few days.”

The winning ticket is the biggest the store has ever sold and follows on from a $79,000 winning Take 5 ticket the bodega sold in 2019, the store worker said.

Meanwhile, Friday’s Mega Millions winning jackpot ticket was sold in Maine, and that prizewinner nabbed the $1.35 billion top prize, officials said. The ticket holder has the choice of a lump-sum payment of $723.5 million or an annual payout over 30 years, according to reports.

The winning numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot were 30, 43, 45, 46 and 61, plus the power ball 14.

The winning numbers for the Mega Millions game are drawn from a field of one to 70 with the draw being televised every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m.

Friday’s draw came two days after a supermarket in Jamaica, Queens, sold a winning Take 5 ticket to one of its customers, officials said.

Devin Food, located at 148-40 Hillside Ave., sold the winning ticket worth $37,832 for the Jan. 11 draw.

Momta Grocery, located at  50-12 Vernon Blvd.  (Google Maps)

Momta Grocery, located at 50-12 Vernon Blvd. (Photo: Google Maps)

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

Jan. 27, 2023 By Bill Parry

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.