Saturday, 31 March 2012

Mega Millions $640 Million Lottery Jackpot Won by Maryland Ticket Holder

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The largest lottery jackpot in history, $640 million (£400 million), has been won by a ticket holder in Maryland, and officials were waiting early on Saturday to see if there are other winning tickets.

Maryland lottery officials announced that a winning ticket was purchased at a store in Baltimore County, though they had not identified the winner yet.

"This is truly remarkable and historic," said Maryland lottery director Stephen Martino. The country was engulfed by lottery mania as the clock ticked down to the drawing of the numbers for the Mega Millions in Atlanta on Friday.

The jackpot had mushroomed into the largest lottery in world history after the previous drawing three days earlier failed to produce a winner.

The odds of winning – at 176 million-to-one, the average American was more likely to be struck by lightning twice or killed by a falling vending machine – did nothing to deter the mania. Read on and comment » | Philip Sherwell | New York | Saturday, March 31, 2012

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