2 tickets win fortunes thanks to lucky 13

The Mega Ball came up 13 on Sept. 17, 2010, and the next night the Powerball also came up 13 -- and both jackpots were hit. A New York ticket won $54 million in Mega Millions. A Georgia ticket won $116 million in Powerball.
The Mega Ball came up 13 on Sept. 17, 2010, and the next night the Powerball also came up 13 -- and both jackpots were hit. A New York ticket won $54 million in Mega Millions. A Georgia ticket won $116 million in Powerball. (Peter Mucha)
Posted: September 20, 2010

Who says "13" is unlucky?

Thanks to that number, two tickets hit huge jackpots in the latest major lottery drawings, while a Pennsylvania ticket skipped it but also snagged a lot of loot - $1 million.

On Saturday night, a Georgia ticket hit the Powerball jackpot, which had grown to $116 million. Wednesday's potential windfall will be $20 million.

On Friday night, a ticket purchased in New York City won the Mega Millions jackpot, which had an annuity value of $54 million. As a result, Tuesday's top prize will be back to $12 million.

Powerball's jackpot-winning ticket, purchased in Mableton, Ga., matched all the numbers: 1, 18, 37, 39 and 44, with a Powerball of 13.

A Texas ticket won $1 million for matching all but the Powerball, while having the Power Play multiplier option. Winning $200,000 each were players in Iowa, Louisiana and Missouri.

The Mega Millions grand-prize winner, purchased at Melissa Meat Market, 772 Sutter Ave. in Brooklyn, had every number drawn: 3, 4, 14, 18 and 27, with a Mega Ball of 13.

Yes, both the Powerball and the Mega Ball came up 13.

Remarkably, five second-place prizes, worth $250,000 each, were hit by tickets purchased at another Brooklyn retailer, VC Games at 5518 Fifth Ave.

Makes one wonder: Did one person, bracketing a set of numbers, buy five almost-winners in one place, then buy the winner at another? The two locations are about eight miles apart.

Yet another quarter-million winner was purchased in the Bronx.

Odd for one city to win nearly a third of a lottery's two top prizes - and for one state to have almost half.

Three tickets - in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Illinois - matched all but the Mega Ball, while have the Megaplier multiplier option, which automatically boosts the second-tier take to $1 million.

The Pennsylvania ticket was purchased at the Sheetz market at 315 Water St. in Conneaut Lake, Crawford County, which is north of Pittsburgh.

Also winning $250,000 were tickets purchased in Rochester and Nesconset, N.Y.; at a Krauszer's Food Store in Piscataway, N.J.; and in Maryland, Georgia and Michigan.

In California, under its pari-mutuel system, the same combination of numbers paid "only" $108,042 to each of two winners.

For more lottery information, go to www.philly.com/philly/news/lottery, www.powerball.com and www.megamillions.com.


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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