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Mega Millions: Californians bought more than $300 million in tickets

March 31, 2012 | 11:26 am

Californians bought more than $300 million in lottery tickets in the run-up to Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing, including $78 million on Friday, lottery officials said.

Although no tickets with all six winning numbers were sold in the state, 29 each worth more than $227,000 were sold here.

The three jackpot-winning tickets were purchased in Red Bud, Ill.; Baltimore County, Md.; and Kansas, where state lottery officials have said only that the ticket was sold in the northeast part of the state.

In Maryland, the Baltimore Sun reported that one jackpot winner, who bought a ticket with randomly selected numbers at a 7-Eleven, had yet to step forward.

In Illinois, the Chicago Tribune said a second jackpot winner, who also has yet to step forward, bought a quick pick ticket at a gas station and convenience store in Red Bud, a community of about 3,700 in southwestern Illinois. 

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-- Paloma Esquivel

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