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$21.5 Million Ticket Sold at Holmdel 7-Eleven

For the second time in less than a week, a customer hit it big in one of Jay Patel's two 7-Elevens.

They are serving real excitement with coffee and papers at the Holmdel 7-Eleven today.

Around 9:30 a.m. this morning, an official stopped in to announce that Monday's multi-million dollar Pick-6 New Jersey Lottery winning ticket was sold on the premises.

"I got very excited," said store owner Jay Patel, who learned of the news by telephone from his home in Monroe Township. "I ran over there to make sure it was my store."

Patel had reason to feel extra incredulous. This is the second time within a week he's learned a store he owns has sold a winning ticket. On June 21, a customer at his 7-Eleven on Leonardville Road in Belford purchased a winning Jersey Cash 5 ticket in a $1,081,540 drawing. There were five winning tickets sold throughout the state, so his customer won $216,308.

"I think it's an energy thing," said Gail Smith of Toms River, as she picked up a lottery ticket in the Holmdel store Tuesday. "Good things happen in threes."

The single winner of the $21.5 million Pick 6 jackpot, who has not yet named by lottery officials, chose the cash option, lottery officials said. The winning lottery ticket numbers were 12, 24, 34, 41, 46 and 47.

Five out of six paid $4,302 to 14 winners; four out of six paid $74 to 894 winners; three out of six paid $3 to 17,359 winners.

For selling that $21.5 million ticket, Patel will split a $10,000 prize with 7-Eleven. His share will be applied to a Disney cruise to the Bahamas with his wife and kids, he said.

On Tuesday, the store was buzzing with news that such luck could be had right here in Holmdel. The Mega Millions jackpot is up to $65 million, and tickets are selling quickly today, said Chaudhari. "People are so excited," she said. "I'm excited!"

Nathan Boulman June 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
$21.5 million...very nice!!! Hope that somebody who really needs the money wins the prize...but more importantly, spends it wisely.
Rob June 26, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Jay Patel - If you are reading this, please get rid of the old man loitering problem at the Belford 7-11. I have female family members who will not go there because of it.
Shannon K. Winning June 26, 2012 at 08:34 PM
How cool for the Patels. Have fun in Disney!
Herky June 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Jay Patel owns Two 7-11's and probably ? pays no income taxes, He is an immigrant, and OUR idots in Washington allows those people 5 years of no taxes to be able to get a NEW start in life.. I wonder if he owns MORE than Two??
Bruce Sinclair June 27, 2012 at 02:14 AM
By what secret store of knowledge or arcane skill are you able to deduce an individual's immigration status and tax payments from the information contained in this article? You make judgements on such merely by a name?
debra June 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
He (herky) is probably on some kind of assistance by the governement and pays no taxes. and not sure if you know this or not to own a business in this state you have to pay taxes duh!!!!
Herky June 27, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Debra Where is the sand pile you have your head in?? Read Federal laws?? I pay all my taxes and have for over 50 years ! DO YOU??
Michael June 27, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I don't see why your starting an argument on here is necessary. Is Patch really the appropriate place to basically judge someone you don't know and indict the American immigration system as a whole?

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