COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - At least two people woke up Wednesday well on their way to becoming millionaires. Winning tickets were purchased in New Jersey and Georgia for the record $370 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot, and there could be others in California, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Lottery said Wednesday.
With all the states reporting except California early Wednesday, Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Mardele Cohen said two winning tickets had been sold, one each in New Jersey and Georgia. All 12 states involved in the lottery drawing report through Ohio.
The winning numbers - 16-22-29-39-42, and the Mega Ball 20 - were announced Tuesday night in New York's Times Square, where the 12 participating Mega Millions states agreed to move the drawing after the jackpot hit $355 million Monday. The Mega Millions drawing's usual home is Atlanta.
The deadline for buying tickets was 10:45 p.m. But lottery players in Ohio who waited until late in the day to purchase their tickets were out of luck. The system went down statewide at about 10:20 p.m., about 25 minutes before the deadline for placing wagers, Cohen said.
The largest previous multistate lottery jackpot was $365 million in 2006, when eight workers at a Nebraska meat processing plant hit the Powerball lotto. The Big Game lotto, the forerunner of Mega Millions, paid out a $363 million jackpot in 2000.