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. dave

    I'm a hater too, I wanted to win!! :) In all honesty, I hope that the money helps those individuals and they truly need it and I hope the money doesn't change who they are as people. People tend to forget where they come from and I hope that keep that level of thinking. Congrats, I wish them the best!

    January 5, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rhonda

    Congrats 2 winners u were blessed so be a blessing to others

    January 5, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Isaiah

    My grandpa whom I havent spoken to in almost a year lives in Washington and talked to me about the Mega Million for about 10 minutes last night! I HOPE HE WON!!!!!

    January 5, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    A lot of resignation letters not turned in this morning.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. jorge washinsen

    For a country that is in a recession it was a pretty good pot. The government has an untapped source of money in the underground economy and are too dumb to collect it.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. EdR

    I would love to see one of the winners sue the lottery for false advertising. Go for triple damages. The real winning is the lump sum amount. Anything else is a flat out lie. Its called the time value of money. As the years go by the payout is worth less, and less, and less, and less, and a less, and the lotteries know it. What a crock.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. sam

    A rigged game, lottery. Fed's awesome way to collect money.. why the freaking big jackpots always go to same old states?
    why there is a 15 min break between drawing time and closing time??? just an honest opinion....

    January 5, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. sam

    Acountry who is already drowned in Billions of debt against country like China. Also a nice way to make some money..kudos feds..

    January 5, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. GKAK

    They should make a lottery where there are 150 winners, 2 mil for each... spread the wealth!

    January 5, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Youtube Is Ps3xNuFF Look At It Please

    Me and my dad were hoping on winning so we could get some bills paid off and but congratultions to the winner! If i won i would have bout 6 flags LOL

    January 5, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Youtube Is Ps3xNuFF Look At It Please

      I mean "6 Flags" btw i love to edit videos so please check out my youtube channel and tell me what you think but please make it over youtube im on a school computer thanks
      xNuFF

      January 5, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      My dad and I. Use the money to get an education.

      January 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. art vandolay

    If either winner would like to contribute to my personal charity- The Human Fund- please contact Art Vandolay. :)

    January 5, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • jezzmn

      And so it begins, charities, new relatives... I hope the winners be reasonable and disappear for a year or two.

      January 5, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • alex

      Sure sure mr. vandolay, but dont you deal with plastic?

      January 5, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Chango

      Do you deal explicitly in exporting or importing?

      January 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. big AL

    Children, children, Sarah Palin didn't win the lottery so why state her on this blog? Did you eat a lot of paint chips with lead recently or as a toddler?

    January 5, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. LIZ

    IM SO MAD!! I WAS GOING TO PLAY THE LOST NUMBERS AND DECIDED NOT TO AND IT JUST COST ME $150

    January 5, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • jezzmn

      So you wont go out once.

      January 5, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Hemuda01

    Congrats to those who won. It would be fantastic if lottery is won by group of people. The money will go back to economy faster if it is won by a group. If I could win a lottery, I would invest in a business creating jobs. Charity is good idea. But creating jobs for people is better. I hope those who won spend the money wisely.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. dsn63

    What to do with $150million?I'd invest in facebook and start a loan company.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jezzmn

      you mean 60 million. Don't forget the a holes at the IRS.

      January 5, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
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