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Official: Mega Millions BIG Ticket Sold In 3 States

CHICAGO (AP) - The spokesman for the Illinois lottery says three tickets have split the record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot.

Mike Lang says the winning tickets were in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland. He says the Illinois winning ticket was sold in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis.

The Maryland lottery announced earlier its winner was from Baltimore County. No details have been released on the winning ticket in Kansas. Lang says each winning ticket was expected to be worth more than $213 million before taxes.

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UPDATE: CHICAGO (AP) - An official with the Maryland lottery says a record $640 million winning lottery ticket has been sold in Maryland, and there could be others nationwide.

Carole Everett, director of communications for the Maryland Lottery, says the winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at a retailer in Baltimore County. She said it's too early to know any other information about the lucky ticket-holder or whether others were sold elsewhere in the nation.

Everett says the last time a ticket from the state won a major national jackpot was 2008 when a ticket sold for $24 million. She says, "We're thrilled. We're due and exciting."

The estimated jackpot dwarfs the previous $390 million record, which was split in 2007 by two winners who bought tickets in Georgia and New Jersey.

It will be early Saturday morning before lottery officials verify whether there are any winning tickets, according to the Mega Millions website. Lottery officials in the 42 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands, that sell Mega Millions tickets must report in.

In most participating states, tickets were on sale Friday until 10:45 p.m. EST, lottery officials said. The drawing was held in Atlanta at 11 p.m. EST. The Mega Millions jackpot hit $640 million Friday, according to lottery officials. That's a cash payout of $462 million for a single winning ticket or the full amount taken over 26 years, according to the Mega Millions web site.

If there are multiple winning tickets, the winnings will be split equally among the lucky customers.

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