March 31st, 2012
12:14 AM ET

Numbers announced in record Mega Millions jackpot

Lottery players across the country scrambled to check their tickets late Friday to see if they could be $640 million richer.
The winning numbers in the Mega Millions lottery Friday night were 2 4 23 38 46, with a Mega Ball of 23.

If there is no winner from Friday, the jackpot would increase to an estimated $975 million, said Athena Hernandez of the D.C. lottery. That drawing would occur Tuesday.

The multistate jackpot has grown to become the largest ever offered that could be won by an individual. It has caused long lines at convenience stores and has many dreaming of creative ways to quit their jobs if they get the lucky numbers.

"Friday night's Mega Millions drawing will truly be a spectacular event in lottery history and provides an unprecedented opportunity for players to take a chance on a half-billion-dollar dream for just the $1 price of a ticket," Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery and lead director for the Mega Millions group, said before the drawing.
Sales have skyrocketed at Manhattan Tobacco, a New York convenience store, cashier Alex Shanahe said. He said the store has proved to be lucky before, having sold winning tickets of $3 million and $5 million.

"The sales have tripled. Everybody wants to win the Mega Millions," Shanahe said.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I hope Obama bought a ticket. Then he could actually replace the taxpayer money he wasted in providing slush funds to the now bankrupt Solyndra.
    Just think Barrack....maybe there is light at the end of Pensylvania Avenue.

    March 31, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. TvNyC

    i wonder who won.

    March 31, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. TvNyC

    I hope someone won just not george zimmetman

    March 31, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. TvNyC

    i would buy my own white house.

    March 31, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Facebook Alternative

    eeeeeeeeediot tax!

    March 31, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Watch as the post above this one mysteriously disappears during the course of the day. They can't stand the truth.
    The liberals hate me. Gave them a free conservative lesson in saving money from the graf and corruption of the lottery. 😉

    March 31, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I don't need the lottery. I've got balls of my own. 😦

    March 31, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mega million winner

    How fortunate can one be im so out of here

    March 31, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mega million winner

    Now ive got the biggest balls of all weve got big balls

    March 31, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    I won seven bucks. Had three of the numbers.woo-hoo. Break out the Dom!

    March 31, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Ummm, venti, extra shot pls. Huh? Lotto? Thought you said latte. My bad. brb (hi raven)

    March 31, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |


    March 31, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    i got 2 numbers... 10$ down the drain

    March 31, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Superman

    Im already the richest man in the world ive got two beautifull daughters and my freedom to do what ever,

    March 31, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT (( mustang watseing , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    so your divorced?

    March 31, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
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