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Staten Island Man Wins $72 Million Mega Millions Jackpot

For Immediate Release: 5/3/2011

John Gillen of Staten Island, New York on May 3, 2011 claimed his $72 million Mega Millions jackpot from the April 15, 2011 drawing.

The retired transit bus driver purchased the jackpot-winning ticket at a ShopRite in New Dorp. The 69-year-old father of three and grandfather of 16 opted to take his winnings as a one-time, lump sum payment and has decided to split the prize with his children. Each family member will receive over $6.9 million after taxes. 

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