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2 tickets from Idaho and Washington split $380 million Mega Millions jackpot

By Todd Northrop

Update:  Final draw-time jackpot increased, cash value was largest ever

Update 2: California prizes added

After a lottery ticket buying frenzy swept across America this week, the massive, seemingly unstoppable Mega Millions jackpot has finally been taken down.

Tuesday's $380 million jackpot was the second-largest jackpot ever in the United States, second only to the $390 million Mega Millions jackpot on March 6, 2007.

Two tickets — one sold in Idaho and the other in Washington — matched all six numbers, and will evenly split the grand prize.

The official jackpot estimate was raised twice, on Monday and again on Tuesday, as sales continued to exceed expectations.  After the final tally of sales, the final Mega Millions jackpot was $380 million, with a lump-sum cash value of $240,050,537.

Although the Tuesday jackpot will be recorded as the second-largest jackpot in history, the $240 million lump-sum cash value is the world's largest ever awarded.  In comparison, the cash value for the March 6, 2007 jackpot was $233 million.

The winning numbers Tuesday night were 4, 8, 15, 25, and 47, with a Mega Ball number of 42. The Megaplier number was 4.

"Idaho is a very lucky place," said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. "We are encouraging everyone who has played Mega Millions to check their tickets carefully for winners. We are also recommending all our players sign the back of their ticket prior to presenting it for payment. These tickets are bearer instruments and we want to ensure our winners protect their play."

In addition to the 2 jackpot winners, another 67 tickets matched the first 5 numbers (but not the Mega Ball number) for a $250,000 prize: 2 from Arkansas, 10 from California, 1 from Colorado, 1 from Connecticut, 5 from Georgia, 1 from Idaho, 4 from Illinois, 1 from Indiana, 2 from Kentucky, 6 from Massachusetts, 3 from Michigan, 1 from Nebraska, 3 from New Jersey, 11 from New York, 3 from North Carolina, 4 from Ohio, 1 from Pennsylvania, 2 from South Carolina, 2 from Tennessee, 2 from Texas, 1 from Virginia, and 1 from Wisconsin.

The ten California second-prize winners will each be awarded prizes of $209,300.  Unlike the other Mega Millions states, California sets all prize amounts using a pari-mutuel formula that is calculated based on the actual sales and number of winners.

Winners have 180 days to claim their prizes in both Idaho and Washington.

Idaho Lottery offices will be open during regular business hours from 8 am to 5 pm Mountain Time.

Washington Lottery Offices are open Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm Pacific Time.

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Posted: January 5, 2011, 4:06 am - IP Logged

out of millions of tickets purchased,  and millions of combinations covered,  and only 2 winners,  all that previous talk about increasing your odds thru the purchase of more than one ticket was obviously like i said it was.....

.....a waste of money (at least from an increasing one's "odds" perspective).

from the $50 million mark on,  i was only out $1 QP  a draw.

tonight, i don't suffer from "buyers remorse"......lol

            "i am .........."meant to"       

P.S.,  that RJoH  is a stand up guy.  thanks,  vision

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    Posted: January 5, 2011, 5:08 am - IP Logged

    to put it quite simply, that sucks.

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      Posted: January 5, 2011, 5:24 am - IP Logged

      Oh well......16 bucks down the drain...but it was nice daydreaming about if I did win all day yesterday!!!

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        Posted: January 5, 2011, 6:24 am - IP Logged

        Congratulations to the winners!

                       Party

        That kind of money will really change lives.

        It's very unfortunate that I live in VA.

        The next Mega Millions winner should be from VA.

        Good luck everyone!

        I am a millionaire!

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          Elkin, NC
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          Posted: January 5, 2011, 6:28 am - IP Logged

          Better to know you are not going to win (read the odds) and be supprised and happy.  If you "know" you are going to win and do not win (like a LOT of us) you could be depressed today.

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            Posted: January 5, 2011, 6:56 am - IP Logged

            Congratulations to the winners!

                           Party

            That kind of money will really change lives.

            It's very unfortunate that I live in VA.

            The next Mega Millions winner should be from VA.

            Good luck everyone!

            Yawn  barely had time had time to wipe the sand from my eyes and ave my first few sips of tea only to find out it was a two way split ...... well least I can honestly say I hope the few andy many who spent over $5 to $100 and walked away with nutting .... SERVES YA RIGHT YOU SUCKERS!!!!!No Pity!No Pity!No Pity!

            I'm with you "increase" we here in VA could use a good winner

            well heres to the next Mega jackpot Cheers

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              Posted: January 5, 2011, 7:29 am - IP Logged

              I must say, when I woke up this morning, it's the very first time I had buyer's remorse - and that was before I checked to see what states were the big winner. I only spent around $40, but that's a HUGE amount for me. Usually it's just $5.

              However, I haven't checked my tickets yet to see if I won $1 million, so hopefully....

              "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss

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                Posted: January 5, 2011, 7:34 am - IP Logged

                What is the "megaplier" ??

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                  Posted: January 5, 2011, 7:36 am - IP Logged

                  Well I said I wanted to win mega million and I won 2.00 had the mega ball should have said I wanted to win the jackpot LOL

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                    Posted: January 5, 2011, 7:48 am - IP Logged

                    Well I said I wanted to win mega million and I won 2.00 had the mega ball should have said I wanted to win the jackpot LOL

                    LOL ..... well count thy blessings and remember in a sense you just dodged the XXLarge green bullet and the many days,months & years of hoards of beggers camping out on thy door step waiting for thar share LOL

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                      Posted: January 5, 2011, 7:59 am - IP Logged

                      Guess I should've played Hurley's numbers

                      Would've had 4, 8, 15 and MB 42 = $150Jester

                       

                      Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping

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                        Posted: January 5, 2011, 8:01 am - IP Logged

                        Congrats to all the winners.Cheers

                        Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

                        For a lead role in a cage?

                         

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                          Posted: January 5, 2011, 8:03 am - IP Logged

                          to put it quite simply, that sucks.

                          You can say that again. The people that won better do good with that money...

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                            Posted: January 5, 2011, 8:27 am - IP Logged

                            What is the "megaplier" ??

                            Random # picked at drawing which multiplies non-jackpot winnings. This draw it was 4. So all non-jackpot winnings were multiplied by 4....Extra $1 during play time. Not all states offer it

                             

                            Also if you have 5/5 with MegaPlier and no Mega Ball automatic $1 Million