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2 winning tickets in $400M Mega Millions jackpot

Two Winning Tickets Sold In $400M Mega Millions Jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- If you purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Florida or Maryland, check your numbers - you may be splitting a $400 million jackpot.

Lottery officials say two tickets purchased in those states matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night.

The winning numbers are: 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51 with a Mega Ball of 7.

The jackpot is the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history, with a lump-sum option of $224 million.

Florida lottery officials say their winning ticket was sold at a Sunoco convenience store in Merritt Island. Information about the Maryland ticket wasn't immediately available.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots. The game is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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genemelnyk March 19 2014 at 10:03 AM


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lnyk genemelnyk March 19 2014 at 10:37 AM

You have to be postive,I'm SURE my ship will come ,hopefully its NOT The Titanic. Are we related?

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dadadog March 19 2014 at 2:30 PM

Congrats to the ( lucky winners ) Mega Jackpot American Winners !
Mark : )

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gatlaw March 19 2014 at 3:02 PM

Winning the lottery gives the recipient options that would not exist otherwise. Money gives you options. It does not guaranty happiness. Mega winners are besieged by friends and family for gifts, investments, etc. Whatever is given is never enough. Mega winners often have to sever ties with their friends and family for safety and peace of mind. Most winners have no clue what to do with their new found wealth and unless they surround themselves with the right advisors they will squander millions needlessly. Most people will be smart to maintain the same or similar lifestyle that they had before they won, providing financial security for their family and those options. Charitable undertakings are always suggested if the wealth is so great as to allow it.

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bannorhill March 19 2014 at 10:28 AM

Spend $10 a week on lotto and after 40 years you might win.

Invest $10 a week in mutual funds and after 40 years you can have $400,000.

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muscle465 March 19 2014 at 8:42 AM

I always say " you cant win if you don't play, and you cant play if you don't win"

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NYSSBA96 March 19 2014 at 8:39 AM

oh well

God Bless to those who won.
Spend it wisely

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jayreda NYSSBA96 March 19 2014 at 8:45 AM

they're busy packing, they wont read you

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samanthiaiam March 19 2014 at 8:38 AM

They didn't do it to increase jackpots! With them increasing the numbers (from 56 numbers to choose from to 75) in the 5-pick range the - the odds of winning a jackpot of any significance sky-rocketed... meaning that it is much more difficult now. They only increased the possibility for someone to win the $1 prize. Big deal! One would hardly call that a jackpot. CON!

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loconway samanthiaiam March 19 2014 at 8:49 AM

you are right- before it use to be up to 48- now its like up to 75 or 80......thats crap.

this way the jackpot is harder to win and they get more $ out of the suckers that buy these tickets-

even if you get the mega ball you get $1.00 ( big deal) they need to raise ALL the prize amounts !

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j1hampton March 19 2014 at 8:36 AM

Wealth has little to do with zeros in a bank account and much to do with how you view your life.

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MalisaKay j1hampton March 19 2014 at 8:51 AM

I agree wholeheartedly, but I also know that even an extra 'free' $10,000 in my bank account would go a long way to ease some financial worries.

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jsinvent March 19 2014 at 8:33 AM

Man, I only missed it by $400 million

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rademps March 19 2014 at 8:24 AM

Would it make more sense to lower the odds of winning in order to make 400 millionaires instead of having one or two multimillionaires? As Arnold Schwartzenegger (sp?) once said, "Having more money does not make you happier. I have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million."

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