Mega Millions $400 million jackpot has 2 winners

Tribune wire services

Winning tickets in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing with a jackpot of about $400 million, the third largest in its history, were sold in Florida and Maryland, state lottery officials said.

The Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were:

11-19-24-33-51 Gold Mega Ball 07

The lottery jackpot was the seventh largest in U.S. history and the third largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won.

The identities of the winning ticket-holders were not immediately known, but one ticket was sold at a Sunoco gas station in Merritt Island, Fla., Florida Lottery officials confirmed early Wednesday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The other, lottery officials said, sold somewhere in Charles County in southern Maryland.

The jackpot grew after no one matched all six numbers in Friday night's drawing. It had been rolling over since Jan. 3.

The record U.S. jackpot of $656 million was in a March 2012 Mega Millions drawing. In December 2013, lucky ticket-holders struck the second largest Mega Millions jackpot of $648 million.

The game is offered in Illinois and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In December, a winner in Northern California split a $648 million jackpot (the second largest in game history) with a winner in Atlanta.

The store where a winning ticket is sold can receive up to $1 million in winnings, depending on the size of the jackpot, virtually assuring that whoever sells the winning ticket on Tuesday will get a seven-figure bonus of their own.

Reuters, The Baltimore Sun and Orlando Sentinel contributed.

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