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Mega Millions ticket worth $319M sold in New York

   ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The winning ticket for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot worth $319 million was sold at a variety store in Albany, N.Y., a lottery official said Saturday.

   The jackpot-winning ticket for Friday's drawing was sold at Coulson's News Center, located just a few blocks from the state Capitol, said New York Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman.
 
   The final sales numbers raised the annuity value of the prize to $319 million, with a cash value of $202.9 million, for the lottery that includes 41 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
 
   The jackpot is the fifth-largest in the game's history, according to the Mega Millions website. The biggest jackpot was $390 million in March 2007.
 
   It's also the largest jackpot for a single winning ticket in the game's history, eclipsing the ticket worth $315 million that was sold in California in November 2005.
 
   The Mega Millions jackpot-winning ticket has been sold in New York 24 times since the game started in the state in 2002.
 
   The earliest the winner, or winners, can claim the prize is Monday, because lottery offices in Schenectady are closed for the weekend, Hapeman said.
 
   The winning numbers in Friday's drawing were: 22, 24, 31, 52, and 54, and 4 as the Mega ball.
 
   Hapeman says the holder of the winning jackpot ticket has the option of taking prize over 25 years or as a cash payout.
 
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