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Jan 2, 2004, 9:01 am

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Mega Millions / Powerball

Someone who buys lottery tickets in this Cleveland suburb is going to have a prosperous new year.  Ditto for ticket buyers in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

A winning Mega Millions ticket worth $162 million was sold at a convenience store here, said Mardele Cohen, an Ohio Lottery spokeswoman. It was the only ticket in the 11-state jackpot that matched all the numbers in Tuesday night's drawing.

The winning numbers were 12, 18, 21, 32 and 46. The Mega Ball number was 49.

By the time lottery offices closed for the holiday late Wednesday, no one had claimed the prize.

"Some people who win big jackpots need the time to plan what they're going to do," Ms. Cohen said. Ohio Lottery winners have 180 days to stake their claim.

Lottery offices were also closed on Thursday in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, where two winning tickets were sold in Wednesday night's drawing for a $221.5 million Powerball lottery prize.

The winning Powerball ticket in South Carolina was sold at Coit McCarter's Clover Shop and Save store in Clover, a small town near the North Carolina line.

The winning Powerball tickets matched the numbers 5, 7, 18, 28 and 35. The Powerball number was 1.

Pennsylvania's winning Powerball ticket was sold in York County, about 80 miles west of Philadelphia, said Steve Kniley, spokesman for the Revenue Department.

"The experience with this is that it will be days, if not weeks, before a winner is announced," Mr. Kniley said. "We advise people to take their time and consult with financial advisers before coming forward."

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