Texans Spending Millions on Record Jackpot

Winning number is: 46, 23, 38, 4, 2 and Mega Ball is 23

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    North Texans lined up for a shot at the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever -- $640 million. The winning numbers are: 46, 23, 38, 4, 2 and the Mega Ball is 23. (Published Friday, Mar 30, 2012)

    The Mega Millions Friday night jackpot was at an estimated $640 million, with a record-setting pay-me-now cash value of $462 million (before taxes).

    The winning number is: 46, 23, 38, 4, 2 and the Mega Ball is 23. A Maryland lottery official said a winning ticket was sold in Baltimore County. As of shortly after midnight, it was too early to know if other winning tickets had been sold.

    Texans Spending Millions on Mega Millions Jackpot

    [DFW] Texans Spending Millions on Mega Millions Jackpot
    NBC 5's Marc Fein talks with Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, about this week's record-setting Mega Millions jackpot. (Published Thursday, Mar 29, 2012)

    With an estimated $640 jackpot -- a record in the United States -- Texans spent millions of dollars on lottery tickets Thursday and Friday.

    Between midnight Friday and 3 p.m., Texans spent more than $13.1 million on Mega Millions $1 tickets. On Thursday, $10,015,395 in Mega Millions tickets were sold, with 1.1 million of those tickets sold between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    Friday's busiest hour was between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., when $2.35 million in tickets were sold.

    Texas is expected to hit $94 million in ticket sales, far behind the anticipated sales of $333 million in California and $189 million in New York. In all, the lottery is expected to generate sales of $1.4 billion for this drawing.

    "That's an awful lot of money, no matter how you choose-all at once or over the next 26 years," said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery before Tuesday's drawing. "Texas hasn't had a Mega Millions jackpot winner since 2010, so I think we're past due for a big winner."

    Two Texans, one in Weatherford and another in Palestine, each won $250,000 in Tuesday night's drawing after matching five of the numbers, but not the sixth number, the Mega Ball.

    The Mega Millions jackpot was last won on Jan. 24 and has rolled 18 times without a winner. The odds of winning the big prize are approximately 1 in 176 million. Just how lucky do you have to be to win? Check this out.