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Official: Winning Lottery Ticket Sold In Maryland

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A sign displays of the $640 Mega Millions jackpot. (credit:Kevork Djansezian/GettyImages)

A sign displays of the $640 Mega Millions jackpot. (credit:Kevork Djansezian/GettyImages)

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CHICAGO (AP) — An official with the Maryland lottery says a record $640 million winning lottery ticket has been sold in Maryland, and there could be others nationwide.

Carole Everett, director of communications for the Maryland Lottery, says the winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at a retailer in Baltimore County. She said it’s too early to know any other information about the lucky ticket-holder or whether others were sold elsewhere in the nation.

Everett says the last time a ticket from the state won a major national jackpot was 2008 when a ticket sold for $24 million.

She says, “We’re thrilled. We’re due and exciting.”

The estimated jackpot dwarfs the previous $390 million record, which was split in 2007 by two winners who bought tickets in Georgia and New Jersey.

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