Phoenix – At least two people were waking up Wednesday to find themselves millions of dollars richer after winning a big jackpot.
The holders of a ticket sold in Idaho and another in Washington state will be sharing Mega Millions’ $355 million jackpot from Tuesday night’s drawing, lottery officials said Wednesday.
The prize is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the second-largest in Mega Millions’ history, said Arizona Lottery spokeswoman Cindy Esquer. The lottery’s prize of $390 million in March 2007 remains the nation’s richest on record.
The two winners from Tuesday will each get $177.5 million. Besides the jackpot, prizes range from $2 to $250,000.
The princely sum drew huge interest across the country as thousands of people lined up to buy tickets in 41 states and Washington, D.C., where the game is available.