2 winning tickets in $414M Mega Millions jackpot
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — The holders of two lucky tickets purchased states apart awoke to good news on Wednesday: They will split a Mega Millions jackpot of $414 million, the third-largest prize in the game's history.
The tickets — one sold at a Sunoco convenience store on Florida's Space Coast, the other at a Maryland liquor store southeast of Washington — matched all six winning numbers in the drawing on Tuesday night.
The full $414 million jackpot has a cash option of $230.9 million. Maryland lotto officials estimate that if its winner takes the cash option, he or she will take home about $76.4 million after taxes.
Merritt Island resident Ron Manuel, 68, walked out of the store Wednesday after purchasing a $2 Florida Lottery ticket. He said he wonders if the winner is a neighbor or someone else he knows.
“It's a residential area,” Manuel said. “I'm sure it's someone who frequents the story regularly.”
The Maryland winner bought the ticket at Lady's Liquor in La Plata, a town of nearly 9,000.