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No California winner in historic Mega Millions jackpot

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Three lottery tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland hit the world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials said Saturday.

Illinois' winning ticket was bought at a convenience store in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis, and the winner used a quick pick to select the numbers, Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang said.

"This is very exciting, people are extremely happy, and of course everybody wants to know who it is," Denise Metzger, manager of the Motomart where the winning ticket was sold, said Saturday morning. "Hopefully I sold that ticket to someone who comes in every single morning."

In Maryland, television cameras were descending on the 7-Eleven in Baltimore County where the state's winning ticket was purchased. The harried manager could only repeatedly say "No interviews" to the reporters pressing for details, and customers pushed through the media crush for their morning coffee on Saturday.

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The $363 million question: Mega Millions lottery approaches state record

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A $363 million jackpot could find itself claimed if a Mega Millions winning California lottery ticket is drawn Tuesday at 8 p.m.

The projected prize of $356 million was bumped up $7 million after sales surpassed expectation following last Friday’s no-winner lottery letdown of $290 million.

The all-time high for a Califonia jackpot was logged in March 2007 at $390 million. A Tuesday winner would have a cash payout option of $259.8 million.

The odds of winning Mega Millions are about one in 176 million, and those in search of a grown-up golden ticket can play the numbers until retailers cease sales at 7:45 p.m.

The outlet that sells the winning ticket also receives some treasure, with a maximum bonus topping out at $1 million.

KPCC wants to know why Californians play or avoid the lottery. Share your story with us, or leave a note in the comments!

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