Mega Millions: Jackpot Was Even Bigger Than Thought -- $656M
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The jackpot had been estimated at $640 million before the drawing on Friday night, but the actual total is $656 million, according to lotto officials.
The new number was calculated after all the tickets purchased were calculated.
The three winning tickets were sold in Red Bull, Ill.; Baltimore County, Md.; and Kansas, where lottery officials have only said that the ticket was sold in the northeast part of the state.
By picking the same winning numbers -- 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 with a Mega Ball of 23 -- they earned an equal share of the $656 million jackpot, which amounts to about $218 million each, before taxes, under the annuity option.
In Red Bud, Illinois, about 35 miles south of St. Louis, the jackpot winner, who has yet to step forward, bought a quick-pick ticket at a Moto Mart.
In Maryland, a second jackpot winner, who bought a quick-pick ticket at a 7-Eleven, has also not come forward yet, the Baltimore Sun reported.
It's not know if the identity of that person will ever be known, as Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino noted that the state does not require its jackpot recipients to do publicity, as some other states do.
Winners can also remain anonymous in Kansas, that state's lottery director Dennis Wilson said.
Security officials know the precise location where the ticket was sold, but that information hasn't been released -- even to Wilson.
While only three tickets hit the big jackpot, at least 42 matched five of six numbers -- 29 in California, 12 in Illinois and one in Kansas, according to lottery officials.
California Lottery Commission spokesman Alex Traverso said the payout on those tickets will be about $125,000 to $130,000.
Californians bought more than $300 million in lottery tickets before Friday night's drawing, including $78 million on Friday, state lottery officials said.