Winning $355M lottery tickets sold in Idaho, Wash. state
January 5th, 2011
04:13 AM ET

Winning $355M lottery tickets sold in Idaho, Wash. state

Two tickets matched all six numbers in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing.

The owners of those tickets, purchased in Idaho and Washington, will split the estimated $355 million jackpot.

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

It also paid to be a fan of the TV show, "Lost." Four of the six numbers drawn in the Tuesday's Mega Millions lottery matched the numbers immortalized by the Lost character Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, who hit a $114 million jackpot off them - only to be haunted by the same numbers in later episodes.

If you played Hurley's numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42), you won $150, according to a payout table on the Mega Millions website, though the same table noted that fixed prizes such as the $150 one "may be paid on a pari-mutuel basis and (be) lower than" that amount.

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  1. Doug

    Congratulations to the winners.. I wish them well and happiness..

    January 5, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
    • BimBum

      I would know EXACTLY what to do with that money
      and I sure as hell wouldn't be going hog-wild with it.

      January 5, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Mei

      I just hope whoever won ISN'T rich but really needed the money AND are generous by nature and help their other poor friends or relatives ... wisely (meaning they invest it properly so they don't lose it all). I've seen that tv show that relates how people spent their lotto wins. You need to pay the taxes first (some people didn't and then ended up broke in the end) AND you have to invest or put most in savings before giving it away.

      January 5, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      yeah most definitely, the christian thing to do would be after 1/3 goes to taxes give 1/3 to the church. then disperse the rest to the homeless. and if they arent christian then take the money away from them and excommunicate them

      January 5, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • FletcherGR

      @bspurloc – What is your problem? Why inject partisanship or hate or sarcasm into this? Who offended you? Are you perpetually angry or do you htink you're funny? Why?

      January 5, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • nastynate

      @bspurloc – sure, 'cause you'd do exactly that. You wouldn't put your kids thru college or take care of your family. "hey, let's take their money 'cause they don't believe in a false god." you're such a friggin' hypocrite.

      January 5, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Are you kidding? Having to split the winnings, I wonder how they are going to get by with just 177M each.

      January 5, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Congrats to them...but I am a hater! I wanted to win!

    January 5, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • rocaho

      awwwwww u so cute!

      January 5, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Martin J. Stab, Author

      Me too! Oh crap! Now we have to call our real estate guy and cancel that 2.8 Million dollar home in the hills. What a bummer::(:(:(

      January 5, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chelsea

    I cannot believe how close to Hurley's numbers these are. Damnit, knew I should have played them!

    January 5, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      odd how they became hurleys numbers when they were darmas numbers but hey just like f o x news proves daily u repeat something enough it becomes true

      January 5, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      They WERE Hurley's numbers. He played them before he got to the island. His buddy from the psych hospital was repeating them.

      January 5, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Ostifari

      Except, of course, Hurley WON THE LOTTERY with those numbers, darma didn't. I had never seen the show before a few months ago, watched the whole 6 seasons since, and the series finale last night. If anyone dropped the ball on picking Hurleys numbers, it was me. (I even tried to check my numbers after the drawing, but the 'signal was jammed', probably by the volume of people that were trying to find out the numbers. Random?)

      January 5, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    This drawing was actually the lost last final episode of Lost.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    wish i was that lucky

    January 5, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sancho

    Why on earth did I get a banner on the CNN front page that called this BREAKING NEWS? Really, CNN? This is a new low.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      And yet you took the time to click on it, presumably read it, log on, then leave a comment. You don't like cnn.com? Then really make a statement... GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!

      January 5, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      palin stupid award for u

      January 5, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      I think you should be put on Anderson's ridiculist for your statement

      January 5, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. joe

    life's a gamble.. and CNN is the dealer.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jimmie L. Franklin

    Why this obsession with Sarah Palin? Almost every day there is something at CNN on this woman who never proposes ANY solution to the great problems of today. Yet she is a critic who whines to your obvious delight! You do an injustice to America with this kind of reporting. You mean to tell me that Mitt Romney and a half dozen other Republicans have NOHING to say of substance compared to Palin? Why don't you invite her to a real news program and ask her serious questions that involve significant domestic and global issues? I am disappointed in CNN. Very disappointed. You appear shallow, Jimmie Lewis Franklin.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • phillip

      Are you lost?

      January 5, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
    • royrogers

      are you lost?

      January 5, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • @Flashyistay

      What is this have to do with people winning a lottery? Reply to Jimmie l Franklin!
      From: @Flashyistay

      January 5, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • V Saxena

      LOL @ "Are you lost?" That is funny!

      January 5, 2011 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
    • DJJoe

      you are seriously lost

      January 5, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • BimBum

      You ARE lost..

      January 5, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
    • irishace

      Dear Mr. Franklin,
      We have tried again and again to contact you regarding your cow. We are sorry that she got hit by a train but CNN is not responsible. Yes, we know that your family farm was there before the railroad, but you seem to be unfamiliar with the concept of progress. Have you attempted to buy another cow? Cows cannot and do not live forever. Perhaps in the future you will refrain from naming your farm animals after politicians.
      Sincerely,
      Floyd r. Turbo
      Director of Animal Husbandry CNN Atlanta

      January 5, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • bama

      I think you got lost in cyber space. Sara Palin can do that to a person.

      January 5, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. royrogers

    Damn, guess I should have waited on quitting my job.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Drive Time Diva

    That's fantastic. I hope they use that money to spread happiness. That's what I was going to do when I won, create jobs for people.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. miklan

    arent those the numbers from Lost?

    January 5, 2011 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
    • miklan

      haha wow i should probably read articles before i post a comment

      January 5, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joe P

    $$$$ CHECHING!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$

    January 5, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Haha

    I want my 4 bux back! 2 from each winner!!! 😉

    January 5, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      lol hmm i never played a lotto before i thing i should give it a try.

      January 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Federico

    Damn I was going to go buy my ticket tomorrow..

    January 5, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. michael

    man a lot of money what would i do with that.i know i buy a house and moved out of cailf. i got one #

    January 5, 2011 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
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