Mega Millions: Joy, disappointment after record jackpot drawing
There was a silver lining for California. Twenty-nine tickets sold in the state had five of the numbers and were expected to pay off in the high hundreds of thousands of dollars, said Russ Lopez, a spokesman for the California Lottery, which monitors the game in the state.
Nine of the 29 tickets were sold in Los Angeles County -- five in Los Angeles, and one each in Montebello, Long Beach, Hawthorne and El Monte. A five-number ticket was also sold in Anaheim.
Southern Californians wanting in on the historic -- if astronomically small -- chance to be fabulously wealthy waited in lines for as long as five hours to get a stake in the dream, but many were turned away as their chance of getting to the cash register by Friday's 7:45 p.m. cutoff closed in.
Thousands of Nevadans drove to neighboring states to get in on the action, because Nevada doesn't participate in the massive twice-weekly gamble.
According to the Associated Press, Illinois' winning ticket was sold in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis. The winner used a quick pick to select the numbers, Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang said. The Maryland Lottery said it sold a winning ticket at a retail store in Baltimore County. A winning ticket also was purchased in northeast Kansas, according to the Kansas Lottery website, AP said.
The winning numbers were 2-4-23-38-46, and the Mega Ball was 23.
Lottery officials had estimated that there was a 95% chance someone would win the jackpot Friday.
-- Carol J. Williams and Matt Stevens