Colorado Mega Millions players have come up empty in the rush to win all or a piece of the record $640 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot winnings. Last night’s drawing (2-4-23-38-46, MB 23) produced three winning tickets, in Illinois, Maryland, and Kansas. Each winning ticket is expected to be worth more than $213 million before taxes.

Mike Lang, spokesman for the Illinois Lottery, said his state’s winning ticket was sold in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis. The winner used a quick pick to select the numbers, he said. The Maryland Lottery announced earlier Saturday that it had sold a winning ticket at a retail store in Baltimore County. A winning ticket also was purchased in northeast Kansas, according to the Kansas Lottery website.

Lines had formed at grocery and convenience stores across Larimer and Weld Counties yesterday afternoon as Mega Millions fever reached its peak.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing will be worth an estimated $12 million.

[usatoday.com]