CHICAGO/ATLANTA (AP) — Lottery ticket-holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland each selected the winning numbers for the world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials said early Saturday.
Illinois’ winning ticket was sold in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis, and the winner used a quick pick to select the numbers, Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang said. The Maryland Lottery said it sold a winning ticket at a retail store in Baltimore County.
A winning ticket also was purchased in northeast Kansas, according to the Kansas Lottery website.
Each winning ticket was expected to be worth more than $213 million before taxes, Lang said. The winning numbers in Friday night’s drawing were 02-04-23-38-46, and the Mega Ball 23.
The estimated jackpot dwarfs the previous $390 million record, which was split in 2007 by two winners who bought tickets in Georgia and New Jersey.
There were six winning tickets sold in Georgia worth $250,000 to the lucky holders, according to lottery officials.
The $250,000 tickets were purchased in Atlanta, Marietta, Athens, Ellabell, Hendersonville and Waco, Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick reported Saturday.
An additional 48 tickets sold in Georgia will provide winners with $10,000 checks, Reddick said. Many other lottery players have won prizes ranging from $2 to $150.