Barbara Matta and Karl Herkert

July 26, 2013

New Jersey

New Jersey Lottery Mega Millions Winners Quietly Claim Jackpot Prize from July 26 Drawing
The winners of the $19 million Mega Millions jackpot prize, drawn on July 26, claimed their winnings with bright smiles but no fanfare on Friday, August 2 at Lottery Headquarters. Barbara Matta and Karl Herkert are the fortunate winners from Kearny, New Jersey. They were extremely excited about their good fortune and determined that it would take some time to contemplate how this great win will change their future. They claimed the jackpot of $19 million with a cash value of $13 million. The net ticket value was more than $9.4 million.

The long-time couple did not have too many items on their wish list just yet but did say that they intend to wed in the near future. Before that, though, their first order of business, after leaving the Lottery, was to have some fun in Atlantic City. Matta said, "I love A.C.!" Presumably, she also now loves the New Jersey Lottery.

Matta purchased the winning ticket at Dollar Subs, 646 Elm Street, Kearny in Hudson County. The winning numbers were one of five Quick Pick bets she purchased on the same ticket for the draw. The jackpot winning numbers were: 04, 22, 23, 27 and 38. The Gold Mega Ball was 42 and the Megaplier Multiplier was 04.