US Mega Millions Jackpot: 2 Winning Tickets In Florida And Maryland Share $400M, Third-Highest Jackpot In The Game's History

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on March 19 2014 4:00 AM
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Lottery balls wait to be dropped prior to the lottery drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot, estimated at $636 million, in Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 17, 2013 Reuters/Tami Chappell

Two winning tickets will split the $400 million jackpot from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, media reports said, citing lottery officials Wednesday, marking the third-highest jackpot in the history of the game, and the sixth-largest lottery prize in American history.

One of the two tickets matching all six numbers was sold in Florida, the latest state to join Mega Millions in May, while the other was sold in Maryland, which is one of the founding members of the game. The jackpot had been rolling over since Jan. 3 and increased again after no matches were found for all six numbers in Friday night’s game.

The winning numbers are 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51 with a Mega Ball number of 7. The identities of the ticket holders are yet to be revealed. The jackpot for the drawing was estimated at $400 million, with a cash option of $224 million, according to the Mega Millions website, which also revealed that, in addition to the two jackpot winners, the Tuesday draw included eight $1 million Match 5 winners.

According to Associated Press, the rules of the Mega Millions game were changed in October to help increase jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. The record highest Mega Millions drawing was worth $656 million on March 30, 2012. Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

According to reports, a $425 million Powerball jackpot from February is yet to be claimed despite the winning numbers matching a ticket that was sold in Milpitas, Calif.

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