Massachusetts residents missed their chances at riches last night in the frenzied quest for the $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, with the exception of six lucky local buyers who won $250,000 apiece.
Two jackpot tickets were sold -- in Washington State and Idaho -- and the winners will now split the prize. After several days of furious investing by bettors in the 42 states participating in Mega Millions, the jackpot rose to an astonishing $380 million, the second-largest jackpot in the nations history.
According to the Massachusetts lottery, players in this state won a total of $6.1 million in prize money, including the six $250,000 prizes won last night. Those winners matched the first five numbers, but not the sixth.
The second prize winning tickets were sold at the Sunny Convenience store in Salisbury; the 7-Eleven store on Summer Street in downtown Boston; the 7-Eleven on Lynn Street in Peabody; the Wayland Mini Market in Wayland, the Convenience Plus in Westfield, and the Richdale Superette in Merrimac.
In recent drawings on this Mega Millions prize, five other Massachusetts residents also won $250,000 prizes.
Yesterdays jackpot was second only to a $390 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2007. In its history, Mega Millions and Powerball have awarded 11 jackpots of more than $300 million.
The latest jackpot had been set Saturday at $290 million and reset repeatedly to keep pace with actual sales before closing out at $380 million.
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