2 Winning Mega Millions Tickets Split $400 Million Jackpot
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The holders of two lucky tickets sold states apart will split a $400 million Mega Millions jackpot, the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The winning numbers were drawn Tuesday night and lottery officials said Wednesday that the tickets were sold in Florida and Maryland.
The winning numbers were: 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51 with a Mega Ball of 7.
The lump-sum option for the entire jackpot was $224 million. The cash option for each of the two winning tickets is about $112 million. After taxes, the winner would get $74 million, lottery officials said.
Florida lottery officials say their winning ticket was sold at a Sunoco convenience store in Merritt Island on the Space Coast. That winner has 180 days to come forward and state lotto officials will release his or her name and city of residence.
Maryland lottery officials say their winning ticket was sold at Lady Liquor in La Plata, south of Washington. The winner has 182 days to claim the prize and can do so anonymously.
Both retailers receive $100,000 commissions for selling the winning tickets.
In addition to the two jackpot winners, lottery officials said eight tickets won $1 million prizes. Those tickets were sold in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York and Texas.
Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots. The game is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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