New Yorkers dreaming of a record $640 million lottery prize woke up disappointed Saturday – but 10 lucky locals have still hit the jackpot.
Lottery officials say 10 tickets sold in New York City have earned their holders the second-place prize of $250,000 in Friday's Mega Millions lottery.
In all, 17 second-place tickets were sold in New York State.
The chance at an historic jackpot sent New York City into a lottery frenzy Friday, but the winning tickets for the $640 million pot ended up being sold in three other states.
A spokesman for the Illinois lottery says there were three winning tickets in Friday's record drawing, and they were sold in Illinois, Maryland and Kansas.
Mega Millions is currently played in 42 states.
Friday's jackpot easily shattered the previous record of $390 million, which was split by two winners in 2007. Lottery officials said the $640 million jackpot is the largest in history.
Nationwide, Americans spent nearly $1.5 billion trying to hit it big.
New Yorkers snatched up tickets at a furious pace Friday, with more than a million sold each hour in the Empire State alone. Many stores stayed open late to sell additional tickets before the late-night drawing.
"Sales are so brisk, we are selling approximately a million dollars per hour in New York," said New York Lottery spokesperson Yolanda Vega early Friday. "This jackpot is a sales-driven game. Hey, you never know. It's mega high time."
Even though the odds of winning are 176 million to one, many people who spoke with NY1 were dreaming big.
"I would take care of all my family, I would give back to charities and everybody I could because I have breast cancer so I would pour as much money as I could to breast cancer research. I really, really would," said one New Yorker.
"Well thinking about my son, you know go to college, good education, that's the best thing for him. You know and then do something for myself, get my own business I hope you know, and see what happens," said another New Yorker.
"Some in line at a convenience store in Jackson Heights, Queens Friday morning were purchasing the tickets as part of a pool with co-workers.
"We got 20 guys, $10 each, said one lottery player.
"It was four of us, we chipped in $50 a piece, and then I have my others that I played on my own," said another.
After taxes, a winner in the Big Apple would have taken home about a quarter billion dollars.