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article image$640M Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket sold in Maryland

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By JohnThomas Didymus     Mar 31, 2012 in Business
Baltimore - Maryland lottery officials announced Saturday that they have sold a winning ticket for the $640 million jackpot. A press release announced that the winning sale was "one of several nationwide," but did not give details of other purchases.
CNN reports that the winning ticket for the record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot was sold in Baltimore County, Maryland. AP also reports that Carol Everett, director of communications for the Maryland lottery, said the winning ticket was purchased at a retailer in Baltimore County, but said it was too early to give detailed information about the ticket-holder or whether others have been sold elsewhere.
Maryland lottery announced purchase of the winning lottery in a news release and called media organizations hours before the announcement. Although the news release said the purchase of the winning ticket in Maryland was "one of several nationwide," Everett could not confirm details of other sales to AP, but LA Times reports Eric Palmisano, Maryland lottery spokeswoman, said: "There are definitely a few winners from other states as well."
AP reports that the winning numbers were 02-04-23-38-46, and the Mega Ball 23. Fox News reports Americans have spent an estimated $1.5 billion on lottery tickets.
NJ.com reports Stephen Martino, Maryland Lottery Director, said: "This is truly remarkable and historic. We can't wait to greet the winner of this world-record-setting jackpot."
National lottery officials say their website will list on Saturday winning tickets sold in other states. Fox News reports Everett said that the last time a ticket from the state won a major national jackpot was 2008 when a ticket sold for $24 million. She said: "We're thrilled. We're due and excited."
The previous jackpot was $390 million split in 2007 between two winners who bought the winning tickets in Georgia and New Jersey.
The excitement and sales generated by the Mega Millions lottery is unmatched in lottery history. Fox News reports that a cafDe worker in Arizona reported selling $2,600 worth of tickets to one buyer.
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