The owner of a Long Island minimart that sold the winning ticket to the $425 million Mega Millions jackpot had a sinking feeling when he arrived Wednesday morning — thinking he’d been robbed.
“I saw my parking lot like crazy — all the cars,” Jay Huang said, referring to all the media on the premises at 5050 Northern Boulevard around 5:30 a.m. “I thought something happened, maybe a robber but nobody called me.”
But his employee soon told him, “Jay, someone hit the Mega here,” he said.
The tiny convenience store in Glen Head sold the lone ticket that matched all six Mega Millions numbers in the New Year’s Day drawing: 34, 44, 57,62 and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 14.
Huang said he hasn’t gotten word yet on who the lucky winner is — but that a lot of locals stop by to pick up their tickets.
“It’s exciting. I’m really happy that somebody hit the money here,” he said.
The store, which is attached to Brookville Auto Service Shop at a BP gas station, will receive a $10,000 cut of the estimated jackpot, which carries a $254.6 million cash payout. The whopping sum is the game’s eighth-largest jackpot.
“Big surprise for the new year,” added Huang, 49, who’s owned the shop for a decade.