Mega Millions Winners in Florida, Maryland To Split $400M

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 06:58 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Mega Millions has minted at least two new multi-millionaires with its $400 million jackpot drawing Tuesday night, one in Florida and one in Maryland.

The winning numbers were 11 – 19 – 24 – 33 – 51 with a Mega Ball number of 7.

Tuesday's $400 million Mega Millions jackpot, which has a cash option of $224 million, was the third largest annuity in the game's history and the sixth largest lotto jackpot in U.S. history.

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According to MegaMillions.com, this is the first jackpot won by a Florida resident since the state joined the lottery in May 2013. In contrast, Maryland was one of the first states to offer Mega Millions to its residents and has seen massive jackpot wins in the past, including the lottery's largest ever win of $656 million that was awarded in March 2012 between three tickets, one of this was sold in the Old Line State.

Mega Millions is currently available in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Of course, Florida has seen its fair share of lotto winners, including 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie, who last May was the sole winner of a $590 million Powerball jackpot – the highest in the lottery's history.

In addition to the two jackpot winners who will share the $400 million Mega Million jackpot, Tuesday night's drawing also had eight $1 million winners who matched the first five numbers in the lotto.

In light of the win, Mega Millions current jackpot has been reduced down to a measly $15 million, with the next drawing scheduled for Friday. However, players can expect a quick increase over a relatively short amount of time due to Mega Millions' decision to alter its game last fall.

In October, Mega Millions increased its number pool from one through 56 to one through 75, thereby significantly increasing the odds against the player.

As a result of the change, the odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot with a single ticket increased from 1 in 176 million to 1 in 259 million. With tougher odds, Mega Millions officials hoped to see larger jackpots more frequently, and consequently more interest.

In comparison, Powerball, the country's other national lotto which costs $2 per ticket, has one through 59 balls giving the player a one in 175 million chance of winning the jackpot. The current Powerball jackpot is $80 million, with a cash payout of nearly $45.9 million. The next Powerball drawing will be Wednesday night.

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