CHICAGO 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.
The winning numbers were 02-04-23-38-46, and the Mega Ball 23.
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.
Americans spent nearly $1.5 billion for a chance to hit the jackpot, which amounts to a $462 million lump sum and around $347 million after federal tax withholding. With the jackpot odds at 1 in 176 million, it would cost $176 million to buy up every combination. Under that scenario, the strategy would win $171 million less if your state also withholds taxes.