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The largest lottery jackpot in the history of the US will be divided among three lucky people from Maryland, Illinois and Kansas. The three people will share the incredible $640 million prize and the winning numbers were 2-4-23-38-46, Mega Ball 23.
Lottery officials first announced the winner in Maryland, who bought the ticket in Baltimore County, according to ABC News. The ticket was sold at a 7-11 convenience store and the winner is remaining anonymous. "This is truly remarkable and historic. We can't wait to greet the winner of this world-record setting jackpot,” Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino said during the announcement Saturday morning.
Mike Lang, spokesman for the Illinois state lottery, told the Associated Press that the winning Illinois ticket was bought in Red Bud, a small town in the southern part of the state, near St. Louis.
The Kansas state lottery has yet to release information about the winner in Kansas.
Lang noted that each winner will get over $213 million before taxes are taken out.
The Los Angeles Times reports that California lottery spokesperson Russ Lopez confirmed that 29 tickets had at least six of the winning numbers. According to The Chicago Tribune, 12 second-place tickets were bought in Illinois.
Mega Millions fever swept the 42 states, Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands, where tickets were sold. USA Today reports that nearly $1.5 billion was spent after no winning tickets were sold for Tuesday’s jackpot. The odds of winning were just 1 out of 176 million, notes ABC News.