3 tickets share lottery jackpot

RED BUD, Ill. — The Mega Millions winners – at least three of them – stayed out of sight Saturday after hitting the record-breaking $640 million jackpot.


Three winning tickets were sold in Illinois, Mary­land and Kansas. The winners will earn $213 million before taxes. Three other ticket
holders became millionaires.

All told, Americans spent nearly $1.5 billion for a chance to hit the jackpot.

Illinois’ winner used a quick pick – an automatically generated set of digits – to select the winning numbers at a convenience store in the small town of Red Bud, south of St. Louis, Illinois Lot­tery spokesman Mike Lang said. The winning numbers also sold at a 7-Eleven in Milford Mill, Md., north of Baltimore.

Maryland and Kansas do not require lottery winners to be identified; the Mega Mil­lions winner can claim the prize anonymously. The Maryland store will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, which was purchased Friday night.

The third winning ticket was purchased in northeast Kansas, but no other information would be released by the Kansas Lottery until the winner comes forward, spokeswoman Cara S. Sloan-Ramos said.


None of them won the record-smashing jackpot, but a handful of Georgians are still quite a bit richer after Friday’s drawing. Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick said six Georgia players won $250,000 payouts by matching the drawing’s five white balls but missing the Mega Ball number.

The state’s big winner was the Georgia Lottery itself, which sold $28.7 million worth of tickets for Friday’s drawing.



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