Winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Florida

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -- Officials with the Florida Lottery said early Wednesday a winning Mega Millions ticket was sold only hours from Jacksonville.

Tuesday night's drawing for an estimated $400 million was the third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the sixth largest in United States lottery history.

Initially, reports surfaced that only one winning ticket had been sold in Maryland. However, the Florida Lottery later reported at least one other winning ticket was sold at a Sunoco Oil gas station on South Courteney Parkway in Merritt Island.

The coastal community is located more than two hours away in Brevard County.

So far, no winner has come forward and there have been no other reports of additional winning tickets. Winners will have to share an estimated $224 million after taxes.

The buzz is already building in Merritt Island about who might be a new millionaire.

One man told NBC affiliate WESH 2 News he hoped the money would be life-changing.

"I hope it's a person who really, really needs it. That it's going to turn their life around to the better. From the worse to the better," he said.

Under Florida law, lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. Statute also requires they come forward to claim their prize within 180 days of the drawing.

The winning numbers for Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot are 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51 with a Mega Ball of 7.

In October, Mega Millions changed its rules to help increase jackpots by lengthening the odds of winning the top prize.


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