Sonia Rincon

NJ Store Owner Gets Cut Of $521 Million Mega Millions Jackpot

April 02, 2018 - 4:25 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The winner of Saturday's $521 million Mega Millions jackpot is still MIA, but the owner of the store where the winning ticket was sold has $30,000 reasons to celebrate.

John White, Acting Executive Director of the NJ Lottery, presented Ameer Krass, the owner of the Lukoil in Riverdale, New Jersey, with a check for $30,000 Monday -- his cut of the record jackpot.

With his share of the money, Krass says he plans to give all of his employees a bonus and also give to his church, 1010 WINS' Sonia Rincon reported.

Krass said he has not seen or heard from the winner yet but did say they're a regular customer. When asked what he'd like to see them do with all of that money, Krass told Rincon there is joy in considering those around you. "My message to those around you Mr. or Mrs. winner, is to give you the space that you need to make those decisions and to not have expectations."

White said a new law directing lottery proceeds to the state pension fund means there are a lot of winners, including state employees, teachers and police officers and firefighters across the state.

White also said this big jackpot will help boost the fund by about $21 million, Rincon reported.