A collective sigh could be heard across the nation last night, right about 9:01 p.m., Boise time. At least three ticket holders matched all six numbers in the Mega Millions lottery in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, securing a share in the world's biggest ever jackpot: $640 million.
The winning numbers were 2-4-23-38-46 and the Mega Ball was 23.
If there are only three winners, each could each receive $213 million before taxes. Twenty-five percent will go to the IRS as federal withholding tax.
Friday night, as the clock ticked closer to the drawing, tickets were being sold at a rate of $1 million a minute. In the past week, more than $1.5 billion changed hands in lottery transactions. And that's a bonanza for many states, like Idaho, that receive hundreds of thousands of dollars for education and building stabilization funds.