MONMOUTH COUNTY RESIDENT
CLAIMS MEGA MILLIONS PRIZE
– The New Jersey Lottery today announced that Giuseppe "Joe" Garofalo of Tinton Falls came forth as the New Jersey winner of the $198 million jackpot from the MEGA MILLIONS drawing held on May 17. The lucky winner arrived this morning at Lottery Headquarters, and joins a winner in Virginia in sharing this jackpot. Mr. Garofalo chose the cash option, which means he will receive $73,279,052 before 25% federal withholding and 3% state income tax. He purchased $10.00 worth of tickets for the May 17 drawing at Kwik Farms, 590 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls, Monmouth County. One of those quick pick selections provided the winning numbers for this drawing. Those numbers were: 11, 15, 35, 43 and 49. The Gold Mega Ball was 41, and the Megaplier Multiplier was 04.
Mr. Garofalo said he has always thought he would win the lottery someday. Even so, winning this jackpot was a wonderful surprise. He checked his tickets at the retail store and, as soon as he realized his good fortune, he couldn't wait to tell his wife he had the jackpot-winning ticket. He decided once he could share the good news with her, he would consider what to do about going to work that day. Without a doubt, this Mega Millions win definitely helps to made 2013 a VERY good year for the Garofalo family!
Congratulations to the winner of this incredible jackpot," said Carole Hedinger, executive director of the New Jersey Lottery. "Joe did everything right that you could ask of a winner of a jackpot of this size – he signed the back of his ticket, put it in a safe place, and then took the time to think about what he wants to do with the money in the future, and the steps he needs to take to get there. We love to see our winners do all of that before they come forward."