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March 19, 2014

2 winning tickets in $400M Mega Millions jackpot

DES MOINES (AP) — The holders of two lucky tickets sold states apart are waking up to good news Wednesday morning: They will split a $400 million Mega Millions jackpot, the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

The tickets — one sold at a Sunoco convenience store on Florida’s Space Coast, the other south of Washington in Charles County, Md. — matched all six winning numbers in the Tuesday night drawing: 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51 with a Mega Ball of 7.

The lump-sum option for the entire jackpot was $224 million. The cash option for each of the two winning tickets is about $112 million, Maryland lottery officials said through their Twitter account. After taxes, the winner would get $74 million, they said.

In Maryland, the winner has 182 days to claim the prize and can do so anonymously. Officials haven’t yet identified the Charles County retailer that sold the winning ticket.

In Florida, the winner has 180 days, and his or her name and city of residence will be released by lottery officials. The Florida winner must claim the prize at the state lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. That winner’s ticket was sold in Merritt Island, just south of Cape Canaveral. The retailer there receives a $100,000 bonus, Shelly Gerteisen of the state lottery said in an email.

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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