Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mega Millions: Winners in Idaho, Washington state take piece of $355 million payout

The two Mega Millions winners will each get $177.5 million.

The two Mega Millions winners will each get $177.5 million.

Sorry New York, no Mega Millions winners for you.
At least two people in the states of Idaho and Washington got a piece of the whopping $355 million jackpot, lottery officials said on Wednesday.
This is the second biggest prize in Mega Millions history, yet only the fourth biggest in the nation. The lottery's prize of $390 million in March 2007 remains the country's richest on record.
In case you missed it, the winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and the Mega Ball 42.
Each of the winners from Tuesday's drawing will get $177.5 million. Besides the jackpot, prizes range from $2 to $250,000.
The princely sum drew huge interest across the country as thousands of people lined up to buy tickets in 41 states and Washington, D.C., where the game is available.
Fans of the now defunct ABC series, "Lost," may have gotten a piece of the action, assuming they played the show's infamous numbers.
Four of the Mega Millions numbers - 4, 8, 15 and 42 - were part of a set of mystical numbers which appeared several times throughout the show's six seasons. In fact, they were the numbers one character used to win the lottery.
Any Oceanic-fanatic playing that combination of four numbers would score about $150.

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