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.