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New York man wins Mega Millions twice in one night, cashes tickets in one year later

A New York man beat the odds twice while playing Mega Millions.

Marco Accardo from West Hempstead claimed two $1 million Mega Millions prizes from the same drawing held on Nov. 11, 2022, the New York Lottery announced last week. He took nearly a year to claim his prizes and did so just before the deadline on Nov. 11 last month.

Accardo bought the tickets from a convenience store in West Hempstead. The first five numbers on both tickets were the same: 5, 9, 15, 16, and 17. Accardo chose to receive a lump sum payout of $651,000 for each ticket, totaling $1.3 million after taxes.

In the drawing, the Mega Ball number that won was 25, as confirmed by Mega Millions. If either of the two tickets had matched the Mega Ball number, Accardo would have won the then-$87 million jackpot.

The Mega Millions jackpot is at $395 million this week after no one won the drawing on Tuesday.

Mega Millions winning numbers: 12/05/23

The winning numbers for Tuesday night's drawing were 18, 35, 40, 64 and 67. The Megaball was 18 and the Megaplier was 4X.

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Did anyone win Mega Millions?

In addition to no jackpot winners of the Mega Millions, there were also no Match 5 $1 million winners from Tuesday's drawing.

The full list of Mega Millions winners can be found on the lottery's website.

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A woman crosses her fingers after buying a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023.
A woman crosses her fingers after buying a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: New York man wins Mega Millions twice in one night, scoring $2 million