MIAMI, SEPT. 15 -- Forget the $64,000 question. All of Florida and beyond wants to know the $100 million answer -- who picked the six numbers in tonight's drawing to win the nation's second-largest jackpot.
Lotto fever pulled people to the state like a magnet. Officials reported people were spending hours in lines today outside convenience stores and other outlets, waiting to buy a ticket they hope will make them an instant multimillionaire.
"There are a couple places, remote places, little out-of-the-way places, where for whatever reason they don't have long lines," said lottery spokesman Ed George, who considered a line of 15 people short.
As the minutes ticked toward the 10:30 p.m. sales deadline for the 10:58 p.m. drawing, the enthusiasm kept building.
The winning numbers drawn were: 6-35-34-45-21-5.
Lottery officials will not know until Monday exactly how big the jackpot will be, but George said, "We're well on our way to paying $100 million."
The jackpot has grown each of the last four weeks because no one has picked all six winning numbers, and officials did not expect to know until Sunday whether there were any winners tonight.
But with so many people buying tickets, George said it's likely the prize will be divided among several people holding winning tickets.
To win the jackpot, players must pick the six winning numbers between 1 and 49 or have machines select them at random. The odds of winning are 1 in 14 million.
Florida's previous record Lotto prize was $58 million, split among five winners in April. Pennsylvania's lottery produced the nation's highest jackpot -- $115 million -- in April 1989.
Bill Villafina of Kissimmee said he spent more than seven hours purchasing tickets -- all part of a plan to spend "somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000," primarily for New Jersey relatives.
About 175 employees at Jensen Corp., a Fort Lauderdale firm, found a Lotto ticket tucked into each of their pay envelopes Friday.