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Lottery fever hits US

US excitement is building around the world's largest lottery jackpot - at least $640 million (£400m).

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US 'Mega Millions' lottery winner comes forward

A Kansas winner of a share of the record U.S. $656 million (£410m) Mega Millions lottery has come forward, the Kansas lottery says.

The winner has asked to remain anonymous, but an official said the Kansas Lottery will release some details about the winner in the next few hours.

Lottery officials said a week ago that three winning tickets were purchased, one in Kansas, one in Illinois, and one in Maryland.

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Three lucky winners share record jackpot

Dinkensh Dubiyo sells a ticket at the Baltimore 7-Eleven store where one of the winning lottery tickets was sold.
Dinkensh Dubiyo sells a ticket at the Baltimore 7-Eleven store where one of the winning lottery tickets was sold. Credit: AP Photo/Steve Ruark

Lottery ticket-holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland each selected the winning numbers for the world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, officials have said.

The tickets were sold in two stores in Illinois and Maryland, whilst the Kansas ticket was bought online.

Americans spent nearly 1.5 billion dollars for a chance to hit the jackpot.

The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 176 million.

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