Winning Mega Millions numbers: 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and 23
Mega Millions madness came to a frenzied climax Friday night with the raptly watched drawing of the winning numbers: 2, 4, 23, 38, 46. The mega number is 23
There was no immediate word on whether the winning combination had been sold, but Mega Millions officials said there was a 95% chance of someone winning the record-busting, $640-million jackpot because of the huge volume of tickets sold.
Southern Californians swept up by lottery fever waited in line to buy tickets for as long as five hours, and many were turned away when it became apparent they wouldn't make it to the cash register before the 7:45 p.m. PDT cutoff.
"The odds of the jackpot rolling is going down significantly," Mega Millions spokesman Alex Traverso said Friday afternoon. "Our estimates are saying that by the time the draw happens, 95% of the possible number combinations will be sold."
Traverso said California lottery officials would probably know within 15 minutes of the drawing whether there were any big winners and where the winning ticket or tickets were sold. They planned to post the numbers on their website, as did California lottery officials at www.calottery.com.
California officials said they likely won't know about other state's winners until 3 a.m. or beyond. A media release summing up all the data will likely go out Saturday morning.
Spokeswoman Donna Cordova said that there will be no more changes to the advertised jackpot prior to Friday night's drawing, but the amount at stake may continue to rise, and a new jackpot figure could be released after the winning numbers are drawn.
--Carol J. Williams and Matt Stevens
Photo: Cynthia Sims, left and Regina Quiroz become giddy after finally reaching the cash register at Blue Bird Liquor. Both have waited in a line that wrapped around the block for over three hours to purchase lottery tickets. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson/Los Angeles Times