UPDATE 12/18/2013 11:15 AM
ATLANTA (AP) - There are at least two new multi-millionaires today.
Two winning tickets were sold in the $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.
Mega Millions Executive Director Paula Otto says the lucky Georgia ticket in Tuesday's drawing was sold at a Gateway Newsstand in the affluent Buckhead area. Owner Young Soolee grinned as she arrived Wednesday morning at the shop, off the beaten path to the public and frequented by workers from the Alliance Center office building.
The California ticket was sold at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose.
The winning numbers were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7.
The jackpot is the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. It started its ascent Oct. 4. Otto says 22 draws came and went without winners.
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UPDATE 12/17/2013 4:45 PM
Everyone's playing the lottery.
After strong weekend ticket sales, the Mega Millions jackpot is skyrocketing.
More than $600 million and counting before the big drawing at 11:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Excitement is building around the Valley.
There has been steady business at many stores as people make a last minute dash for tickets.
The jackpot currently stands at $636 million.
That's just $20 million short of the U.S. record.
And at any moment it could jump again.
Experts say your odds of winning are about 259 million to one.
You have a better chance of getting hit by an asteroid.
But that isn't stopping people from dreaming.
And with a one-time cash payout of over $341 million, you could do a lot of vacationing.
The jackpot has rolled over 21 straight times since October 4th.
Tuesday at 11:00, the 22nd time might be the charm, which would make a very merry Christmas for someone.
It's lucky Friday the 13th, or is it?
The Mega Millions is at $425 million, nearing the highest jackpot ever for that game.
It was very busy Friday at Peoples News in Belpre.
Everyone is hoping that this Friday the 13th is actually a lucky one for them.
The odds of winning this Mega Millions is one in 259 million.
So is that chance worth spending a dollar on?
Lots of people think so, buying multiple tickets to increase their odds.
Some have high hopes, others think there is no way they are winning, but they are buying anyway.
It wasn't just the regulars coming in Friday.
Store employees say there are plenty of new faces trying out their luck.
After taxes you will take home $228.2 million.
Peoples News is open till 8 Friday night but the drawing does happen until 10:59 p.m. Friday.