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Three Tickets in 3 States Share Mega Millions Jackpot
The Associated Press | March 31, 2012 | 08:23 AM EDT

The spokesman for the Illinois lottery says three tickets have split the record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot. Mike Lang says the winning tickets were in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

He says the Illinois winning ticket was sold in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis. The Maryland lottery announced earlier its winner was from Baltimore County. No details have been released on the winning ticket in Kansas.

Lang says each winning ticket was expected to be worth more than $213 million before taxes.

Maryland lottery officials were the first to announce early Saturday that 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 02-04-23-38-46, and the Mega Ball 23.

Everett said the last time a ticket from the state won a major national jackpot was 2008 when a ticket sold for $24 million. "We're thrilled," she said. "We're due and excited."

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