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Bronx Man Wins $1,000,000 Mega Millions Prize

Rodney Danforth
$1 Million
Bronx , Feb 01, 2019

Fifty-nine-year-old Rodney Danforth from the Bronx has claimed a $1,000,000 Mega Millions second prize.  Danforth matched the first five numbers drawn for the October 19, 2018 drawing making him New York’s newest Lottery millionaire.

“I checked my ticket on the Lottery’s website the night of the drawing,” explained Danforth.  “I went to the store and got a print out to verify it was real.” 

The winning Mega Millions numbers for the October 19, 2018 drawing were 15-23-53-65-70 Mega Ball 7.

The $1,000,000 Mega Millions second prize is paid as a one-time lump sum payment.  Danforth will receive a net check totaling $633,040 after required withholdings.

“I plan to donate a portion of the winnings to my church and take my wife on a luxury vacation to the Dominican Republic,” he said.

The winning ticket was purchased at Jardy Wines & Liquors on East 169th Street in the Bronx.

The New York Lottery contributed $1,337,283,719 in Lottery Aid to Education to school districts throughout the five boroughs of New York City during fiscal year 2017-2018.

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.37 billion in fiscal year 2017-2018 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery’s contribution represents approximately 13 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York 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.

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