CHICAGO – Maryland lottery officials announced Friday evening that the winning ticket for the Mega Millions lottery, which offered a record U.S. $ 640 million, was sold in Maryland and other winning tickets could be identified across the United States.
Carole Everett, communications director for Maryland Lottery said the winning ticket was purchased at a retailer in Baltimore County. She said it was too early to hold other information relative to the lucky ticket holder or to know if other winning tickets were sold across the country.
According to Mrs. Everett, the last time a winning ticket of a national lottery was purchased in Maryland dates back to 2008. The pot was then $ 24 million.
The previous jackpot was $390 million split in 2007 between two winners who bought the winning tickets in Georgia and New Jersey.
The lottery draw took place Friday night and the chances of winning the jackpot were one in 176 million.
Mega Millions lottery is played in 42 of the 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands