ALBANY, N.Y. – Just down the hill from where New York’s leaders are wrestling with a $10 billion deficit, a tiny variety store in downtown Albany was abuzz Saturday with talk of a financial windfall.
The winning ticket for Friday night’s $319 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot was sold at Coulson’s News Center, just blocks from the New York Capitol building, a lottery official announced.
The phone rang nonstop Saturday morning, and a steady stream of customers passed through the newsstand and magazine shop to get coffee, the daily paper and, of course, lottery tickets, as word spread that the store sold the fifth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
Store manager Steve Gallucci said lottery sales were up this week with the skyrocketing jackpot, but he didn’t know yet who won. He expects to find out Monday from gaming officials.