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One lucky ticket wins Friday's Mega Millions lottery

By the CNN Wire Staff
The winning ticket was sold in Albany, New York.
The winning ticket was sold in Albany, New York.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Union official: Winning ticket was purchased by seven state employees
  • Jackpot is the sixth-largest jackpot in its history
  • It's also the single largest sole jackpot winning ticket ever
  • Last-minute ticket sales boosted the jackpot to $319 million

New York (CNN) -- A winning ticket purchased in upstate New York had the right numbers in Friday night's Mega Millions lottery, in which last-minute ticket sales increased the jackpot from $312 million to $319 million, according to the New York Lottery.

The winning ticket was sold at Coulson's News Central in Albany, New York. Emanuel Biondi, public employees federation council leader for Housing Community Renewal, told CNN that the winning ticket was purchased by seven IT specialists from his department. He didn't disclose any other details.

If they chose the cash option when buying the ticket, they would receive a one-time, lump-sum payment of $202.9 million. That amount reflects all the cash in the Mega Millions pool and is the sixth-largest jackpot in its history, according to New York Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman.

It's also the single largest sole jackpot-winning ticket ever for Mega Millions sold in New York, she said.

Friday night's winning numbers were 22, 24, 31, 52 and 54. The Mega Ball number was 4.

The owners of the winning ticket, who have yet to come forward, will be able to collect the prize money Monday morning in the Schenectady, New York, office, Hapeman said.

Mega Millions is played in 42 states and is the biggest jackpot game in the country, according to the lottery.

CNN's Leslie Tripp and Cheryl Robinson contributed to this report.