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2 winning tickets sold in $636 million Mega Millions drawing

At Least Two Win Big In Massive Mega Millions Drawing

ATLANTA (AP) -- Two lucky winning tickets were sold in Tuesday's near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.

The lucky Georgia ticket was sold at a Gateway Newsstand in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead area, Mega Millions Executive Director Paula Otto said.

Newsstand owner Young Soolee grinned as she arrived Wednesday morning at the shop off the lobby of the Alliance Center office building. The newsstand is frequented by workers at the office building, which sits across the street from an upscale mall.

"I'm so excited and so happy now," Soolee said. "I love my store and the customer now."

Buckhead is a financial center of Atlanta and one of its largest neighborhoods, a vast northern area known for upscale shopping centers such as Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, both a short walk from the store that sold the winning ticket.

The California ticket was sold at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose.

Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Rises Past $600 Million

The winning numbers in the drawing were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7.

The jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. It started its ascent Oct. 4. Twenty-two draws came and went without winners, Otto said.

Otto said $336 million in tickets were sold for Tuesday's drawing - they had projected $319 million.

"Sales were a little better than we'd anticipated," Otto said. "It was a fun run; it was our first holiday run for either of the big jackpot games."

The winners can choose to be paid over time or in a cash lump sum, Otto said. Based on the $636 million figure, the winners would receive $318 million each over time or $170 million each in cash.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase the jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. That means the chances of winning the jackpot are now about 1 in 259 million. It used to be about 1 in 176 million, nearly the same odds of winning a Powerball jackpot.

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magoo105 December 19 2013 at 2:41 PM

The lottery is for suckers.........

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Steven December 19 2013 at 5:15 AM

OMG!! Cousin Ira i haven't heard from you in years..How have you been? i,m your seventh cousin on your uncles side. Can i ask you for a favor and believe me isn't because you won the lottery its because your my favorite cousin.I have two bald tires my car can you help me out cuzzin ??????

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SYLVIA the GREAT December 19 2013 at 1:20 AM

HI All Lovved Ones, Hope all r in greaat Heallth I am saying a prayer for all. Wishing you r ready for Christmas.I am doing pretty well.Miss all of you. If I don't hear or see you before Christmas may all of you happiness , and love !!
Love, Sylvia

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just4dehellovit December 18 2013 at 11:37 PM

I can't even win at Fantasy 5 LOL!

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Marilyn December 18 2013 at 9:51 PM

since God has blessed you so greatly, don't forget to be a blessing to a (whole lot of others,SMILE).

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jjouano December 18 2013 at 9:37 PM

cONGRATULATIONS!!! That's God's Blessing!!!! Spend it wisely!!!!

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Ginny December 18 2013 at 7:47 PM

God, my higher power has blessed a few individuals with his funds to spend! Congrats.

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rdh32khll December 18 2013 at 8:16 PM

Are you serious?

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Donna Brosnan December 18 2013 at 7:32 PM

Ha ha! Dont be a hater be happy for these folks, maybe they really need it! We all know that someone is bound to win somewhere. The choice is yours to play, but for Mega Millions this play the average person has 1 in 259 million chances to win. YIKES! What the hell, play anyway- You might just be the one to win like these folks! It's a gamble of course!

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gcruz14457 December 18 2013 at 5:32 PM

congrat's you are so lucky. God bless your both.

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ace December 18 2013 at 4:54 PM

and to all the dummy's that will correct my spelling, kiss my a--

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