Winning Mega Millions ticket worth $437 million sold on Long Island, N.Y.

The winning numbers were: 34, 44, 57, 62, 70 with a Mega Ball 14.

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By Erik Ortiz

It's already a very good year for whoever holds the winning Mega Millions ticket drawn on New Year's Day.

They're now an estimated $437 million richer — or the equivalent of a cash option of $261.8 million, lottery officials said Wednesday.

The winning numbers — 34, 44, 57, 62, 70 and Mega Ball 14 — were sold at the Brookville Auto Service Center in Glen Head, New York. It's the eighth largest jackpot in the game's history.

Jay Huang, the owner of the Long Island convenience store where the ticket was sold, told NBC New York that he's happy for the winner. If a winner comes forward, Huang would also get a cut from lottery officials for selling the ticket, and said he would give the money to his employees.

In addition, players in Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas also picked up winnings between $1 million and $4 million.

The jackpot has been growing since Oct. 21, when a more than $1.5 billion Mega Millions prize was won in South Carolina. That winner has yet to come forward.