On the Radar: Lottery winners, Cuba visit, NCAA brackets
One winning ticket was sold for the $319 million jackpot.
March 28th, 2011
06:39 AM ET

On the Radar: Lottery winners, Cuba visit, NCAA brackets

$319 million lottery ticket: We may find out the identities of the nation's newest millionaires on Monday.

One winning ticket for Friday's $319 million MegaMillions jackpot was sold by Coulson's News Central in Albany, New York, but as of Sunday night the holder or holders of the winning ticket had not come forth.

According to Emanuel Biondi, public employees federation council leader for New York's Housing and Community Renewal Agency, the winning ticket was shared by seven IT workers there, but a New York Lottery spokesperson was unable to confirm that.

If the winners chose the cash option when buying the ticket, they will 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 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.

Those holding the winning ticket will be able to collect the prize money Monday morning in the Schenectady, New York, office, Hapeman said.

Carter to Cuba: Former President Jimmy Carter makes a private trip to Cuba on Monday.

Carter will be on a private mission at the invitation of the Cuban government. He will meet with the new president, Raul Castro, and other officials to talk about bilateral ties.

Carter's three-day trip is "to learn about new economic policies and the upcoming Party Congress, and to discuss ways to improve U.S.-Cuba relations," according to a press release from the Carter Center.

True March Madness: There will undoubtedly be only a few wise folks around the water cooler this Monday morning as results from NCAA basketball tournament pools are tallied.

Connecticut, Kentucky, Butler and perhaps the most-improbable Final Four member ever - Virginia Commonwealth - advanced over the weekend. The 11th-seeded VCU Rams upset No. 1 seed Kansas on Sunday, 71-61. The Rams come to the Final Four from the First Four - they were one of the four teams added when the NCAA expanded its field to 68 teams this year.

If VCU can win the title, they'd not only be the highest seed to do so, but they'd also be the first team to win seven games in the process.

VCU plays eighth-seeded Butler on Saturday. Third-seeded Connecticut will play fourth-seeded Kentucky. It's the first Final Four ever without a No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

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  1. Calvin

    I saved a bird once.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. kayaker247

    My Wife and 4 co-worker friends buy lottery tickets at Coulson's every week. So naturally when I read that they sold the winning ticket I almost fell out of my chair Saturday morning! I've been ready for that moment for a long time, but we found out a few hours later that she wasn't one of the winners. oh well, back to work...

    March 28, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Carlos

    WOLFMAN....you just made my morning. Well actually the responses to your posts did. Thanks all!

    March 28, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. jason

    It amazes me that people win this kind of money and publicly claim it two days later. These people should be meeting with attorneys, tax specialists, getting a security system, establishing a trust, and making plans to have an attorney claim the money "anonymously". No wonder so many lottery winners end-up broke.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Couldn't have said it better...It's like they are gloating!

      April 1, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |

    If I'd won I'd throw in half a mil to help with that Georgia death penalty case. Sounds like the state might be needing some help to bring that to a swift close.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. fineart

    A lot of the money would definitely go to charity and medical research. I also would start a scholarship fund for minority and other poor children. They would get the best educations possible, starting in the first grade. That's something most of you previous bloggers haven't received.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jerry

    Well so much for my retirement plan, guess I will have to keep working

    March 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. April

    I'd donate allot to the March of Dimes, Humane Society and get my mom the best therapy I could to get her some what back to a mobile state.

    March 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cindy

    I could sure use $500K towards my Project for the Hearing Impaired, at least the money would be used for a good cause.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
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