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Mega Millions: 5 Mass. Tickets One Number Shy of Jackpot

BRAINTREE, Mass. (WGGB) __ Tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland matched all six numbers drawn (2-4-23-38-46, Mega Ball 23) in last night’s historic Mega Millions drawing to split the world record $640 million jackpot.

Each winning ticket holder will have the option of receiving their share of the $640 million in annual prize payments over 26 years or taking a third of the $462 million one-time lump sum cash option.

Five tickets sold in Massachusetts came just one number shy of sharing the record-level jackpot, but still won $250,000 apiece for matching the first five Mega Millions numbers drawn and missing out on the Mega Ball. Those five tickets were sold in Lowell, East Bridgewater,Somerville, Reading.

This $640 million jackpot had been growing for 19 consecutive drawings since Mega Millions had its most recent winner on January 24. Massachusetts Lottery retailers were ringing in approximately $22,000 in ticket sales a minute last night during peak hours.Yesterday’s sales alone soared to $13.2 million, breaking the Lottery’s the single-day Mega Millions sales record of $11.3 million.

Over the 19 draw series, more than $39 million in Mega Millions tickets were sold in the Commonwealth, generating approximately $16.4 million in net profit, all of which is returned to the state’s General Fund in unrestricted local aid for cities and towns.

Massachusetts Lottery players also won big with Mega Millions’ lower tier prizes ranging from $250,000 to $2 since this jackpot began. During the nine week stretch, $7.7 million in prizes were won in Massachusetts.

With last night’s jackpot win, Mega Millions’ top prize for Tuesday, April 3rd resets to $12 million.

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