March 31, 2012 in Nation/World

There’s a Mega winner in Maryland

No immediate word if others will share huge jackpot
Associated Press
 

Maryland lottery officials announced early today their state sold what could become the world’s largest lottery payout of all-time, but it wasn’t immediately clear if that ticket holder would get sole possession of the $640 million jackpot or have to split it with other winners.

Carole Everett, director of communications for the Maryland Lottery, said the winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at a retailer in Baltimore County. She said it’s too early to know any other information about the lucky ticket-holder or whether others were sold elsewhere in the nation.

The winning numbers were 2-4-23-38-46, and the Mega Ball was 23.

National lottery officials were expecting to list early today on their website how many winning tickets were sold and from what states, but Maryland sent out its news release and called media organizations hours before the scheduled announcement. The headline of its news release said the winning sale was “one of several nationwide,” but Everett told the Associated Press she couldn’t immediately confirm any others.

Across the nation Friday, lottery ticket lines swelled as Americans wagered nearly $1.5 billion on the $640 Mega Millions jackpot. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 42 states and Washington, D.C.

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