The seven-figure ticket — one number short of the estimated jackpot of $830 million — bought at Honey Bee Convenience in Graniteville has yet to be claimed, the New York State lottery told The Post.
Another unclaimed second place ticket was sold upstate, at a Cumberland Farms in Corinth, about 50 miles north of Albany.
Dipak Patel, owner of Honey Bee Convenience, said “I hope so” when asked Wednesday if he thinks the winner will come claim the prize.
“I feel great being a winning store,” he said. “The last time this happened was in 2005 for 30 million. Since then, I didn’t have anything.”
If a regular bought the ticket, Patel thinks he might give a slice of the million.
No tickets matched Tuesday’s main drawing — 7, 29, 60, 63 and 66, and Mega Ball 15 — so the new jackpot set to be drawn Friday evening will be $1.025 billion, or $602.5 million in a lump sum before taxes.
Patel said people having been rushing to his store Wednesday to buy tickets hoping to win the billion dollars.
“Today, it’s roughly around 300 people so far. We have 7 machines all together. 3 of them are vending machines. We usually have a lot of traffic but today is more,” he said.
This marks the third time in Mega Millions history that the jackpot has topped $1 billion, and is catching up to the contest’s second-biggest jackpot of $1.05 billion that was won in 2021 by a Michigan player. The largest-ever winning Mega Millions ticket, $1.537 billion, was bought in South Carolina in October 2018.
Besides the two New York second-place winners, six other players scored $1 million, including two in New Jersey. Another lucky winner who nabbed $1 million got their prize tripled with a Mega Millions’ megaplier feature.
Americans suffering under massive inflation were so hungry to check if they won Tuesday night that they crashed the lottery’s website.