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Winners have yet to come forward to claim $380 million lottery loot

The suspense over who bought the two winning tickets in the $380 million Mega Millions lottery focused Wednesday on two small towns nestled just 125 miles apart in the snow-covered Pacific Northwest.

One was sold at a Safeway supermarket here in eastern Washington, and the other in Post Falls, Idaho. No one has come forward yet to claim the prize, with each ticket worth $190 million.

"We don't know if it's a working stiff or a retired person," resident Richard Hart said at the Safeway.

The prospect of winning the second biggest jackpot in history drew huge interest across the country as thousands of people lined up to buy tickets in the 41 states and Washington, D.C., where the lottery is held.

A day after the drawing, all eyes were on a region where most of the nation's frozen french fries are produced, and on the similarity between the winning digits and the ones used by a character on the television show "Lost."

The winners had to match five regular numbers plus the "Mega ball."

The winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25 and 47, with the Mega ball number of 42. Four of the six winning numbers matched numbers that were prominently featured throughout the popular series -- 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.

Video producer Ryan Jones of New York said he and a co-worker pooled their money to buy 10 tickets together, but he returned to the grocery store to buy an 11th entry just to play the "Lost" numbers.

Mega Millions said 25,587 tickets matched three of the winning numbers, plus the bonus number -- so anyone who played the "Lost" numbers won $150 per ticket.

"When the numbers popped up, I did have a moment where I thought: 'You know, I could take this money and run, just get far away from Sarah and not share it with her,' " he said.

Jones added he decided to share the prize.

Character Hugo "Hurley" Reyes became a multimillionaire on "Lost" when he won using numbers repeated by a former Navy seaman who became a patient in a mental institution. Hurley was also a patient.

But his win came with a series of spectacular misfortunes -- his grandfather died after a heart attack at Hurley's news conference, and the house he bought for his mom caught fire.

Hurley even believed he caused a plane crash that left him and fellow passengers stranded on an island as the saga began. He blamed it on the numbers.

Because of feverish sales right up to the evening drawing, the winners will share a $380 million jackpot, an increase over the previous $355 million estimate, said Scott Kinney, Washington's Lottery spokesman.

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