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Queens Carpenter Wins $250,000 Mega Millions Prize

Cesar Parra, a carpenter from Corona, Queens, is the latest in a series of $250,000 Mega Millions 2nd place prize winners in New York. Parra’s big win came after matching the first five Mega Millions numbers for the August 6th drawing, missing the $53,000,000 jackpot by only the Mega Ball.


“The big jackpot prize,” is what drew Parra to Mega Millions. Basing his numbers on his mother’s and father’s birthdays, he purchased his lucky ticket at New Rockline News on Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, Queens. The numbers for the August 6th Mega Millions drawing were:


7 - 13 - 30 - 33 - 54 - (30)


Parra was one of two New Yorkers, both from Queens, to win a 2nd place prize for that drawing. This “very happy” winner plans to use his winnings to buy a house.


The Queens win is one in a string of big second place Mega Millions prizes for New Yorkers. One day earlier, William Bonifacio-Abreu claimed his 2nd place Mega Millions prize of $250,000 on August 16th. Gary Arbour of Latham claimed his second place prize on August 11th. Another Queens native, Gregory Primus of Far Rockaway, claimed his $250,000 second place prize on August 9th. Evelyn Derose of Brooklyn claimed her second place prize on July 26th and Clementine West of Brentwood, Suffolk County claimed her second place prize on July 19th.


Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery game with drawings on Tuesdays and Fridays. The odds of winning a second place prize like this lucky bunch are 1 in 3,904,701. The overall odds of winning any Mega Millions prize on a $1 play are 1 in 39.89.


The New York Lottery continues to be North America's largest and most profitable Lottery, earning more than $39.3 billion in education support statewide since its founding over 40 years ago. The Lottery contributed nearly $2.67 billion in fiscal year 2009-2010 to help support education in New York State, which was over 12 percent of total state education funding to local school districts.


Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district's size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.