Winning Mega Millions tickets sold in Ephrata, Post Falls

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 5, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 5 at 6:48 PM

PHOENIX, Ariz -- Two people holding winning Mega Millions jackpot tickets are somewhere in the Northwest.

The Inland Northwest to be exact.

Mega Millions says one ticket was sold in Ephrata, Washington and the other was sold in Post Falls, Idaho. Those ticket holders will be sharing the lottery game's $380 million jackpot.

According to Washington Lottery, a family from Ephrata came forward with one of the winning tickets, but they have not been publicly identified yet. They are scheduled to appear at a press conference in Olympia Thursday.

The Washington state lottery says the winning Washington ticket was sold at the Safeway store on Basin Street SW in Ephrata.

Idaho Lottery has not announced which store in Post Falls sold the winning ticket.

The jackpot was originally $355 million; that bumped up to $380 million due to higher lottery ticket sales.

Arizona Lottery spokeswoman Cindy Esquer says the prize is the fourth largest in U.S. history and the second-largest in Mega Millions history.

The two winners will each get $190 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.

The winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25 and 47, with 42 being the Mega Ball number.

Fans of the ABC television show "Lost" are having some fun with the jackpot.

Four of the six winning numbers matched those that character Hugo "Hurley" Reyes used to win a lottery on the show, only to suffer a series of spectacular misfortunes. Hurley's numbers -- 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 -- popped up throughout the show.

Mega Millions said 25,587 tickets matched three of the winning numbers, plus the bonus number -- so anyone who played the "Lost" numbers won $150 per ticket.
 

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