EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTwo Winning Tickets Sold In Mega Millions Drawing
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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 17, 2013 1:06 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 18, 2013 3:53 AM EST
Des Moines, Iowa
Lottery officials say winning ticket tickets have been sold in California and Georgia for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The winning numbers were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7.
Paula Otto, the Virginia Lottery's executive director and the lead director of Mega Millions, said that $336 million in tickets were sold for Tuesday's drawing -- they had projected $319 million.
California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said Tuesday night that one ticket was sold at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose, Calif.
Otto didn't know yet where in Georgia the ticket had been sold.
The jackpot resets to $15 million for the next drawing, which is on Friday night.
The Mega Millions drawing Tuesday night is worth $636 million. Here are the numbers: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and the Mega Ball is 7.
If no one hits the jackpot Tuesday night, lottery experts say the next drawing could top a billion dollars.
The Mega Millions estimated jackpot has soared to $636 million, making it the second largest jackpot in U.S. history.
The jackpot had been $586 million, but lottery officials increased it Tuesday morning because of strong ticket sales ahead of the evening drawing.
The jackpot now trails only a $656 million Mega Millions pot in March 2012.
Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase the jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize to about 1 in 259 million.
Paula Otto, lead director for Mega Millions, says officials expect about 70 percent of the possible number combinations to be purchased. The cash option is $341 million, before taxes.
Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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