(CNN) — One of the two most recently won lottery tickets mega millions Nearly half a billion dollars jackpot was sold in an area of Florida hit by Hurricane Ian less than a month ago.
The winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Fort Myers, Fla., the Florida Lottery said in a press release. Fort Myers residents are still sorting out damage to the area after Ian landed on September 28th.
The other winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in San Jose, Calif., the California Lottery said in a tweet. The winners share the prize of $494 million.
The area around the 7-Eleven in Fort Myers was affected by the hurricane, according to CNN’s Carlos Suarez, who reported from the area after the storm made landfall.
Ian, a strong Category 4 storm, left more than 100 dead in Florida and devastated neighborhoods along the state’s west coast and cities in the interior — including Orlando. But the Fort Myers area was hardest hit. Fort Myers Beach saw “total devastation,” Fort Myers Beach City Councilman Dan Allers said afterwards.
Lee County, home of Fort Myers, recorded more than 50 storm deaths, according to local officials. Ian is expected to be the costliest storm in Florida history.
The Florida winner has 180 days to claim the prize. According to the Florida Lottery, winners in Florida cannot remain anonymous.
The winning numbers for the October 14 Mega Millions draw were 09-22-26-41-44 and the Mega Ball was 19.
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