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2 winning tickets in $648M Mega Millions jackpot

Two tickets matched the winning numbers in Tuesday night’s $648 million Mega Millions jackpot — splitting the second-largest prize in U.S. history.

One winning ticket was sold in Atlanta, and the other was sold in San Jose, California, lottery officials said.

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[Breaking news update, published 3:56 p.m.]

A Stone Mountain woman has won half of the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot in U.S. history and has taken the cash option, which after taxes, will be about $120 million, Georgia Lottery President Debbie Alford says.

[Original news story, updated 3:40 p.m. ET]

Did you win? Numbers announced for $648 million Mega Millions jackpot

(CNN) — This holiday season just got a lot merrier for at least two insanely lucky people.

Two tickets matched the winning numbers in Tuesday night’s $648 million Mega Millions jackpot — splitting the second-largest prize in U.S. history.

One winning ticket was sold in Atlanta, and the other was sold in San Jose, California, lottery officials said.

The Georgia holder of a winning ticket has come forward, the Georgia Lottery said. The commission has scheduled a 3:45 p.m. ET news conference, but said the winner will not be there.

The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20 and 39, with a Megaball of 7. Twenty ticket holders will win $1 million after matching all the numbers except the Megaball.

Strong sales boosted the jackpot to $648 million from previous estimates of $636 million and $586 million, lottery officials said.

That’s tantalizingly close to the U.S. record — a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot split by three winning tickets in March 2012.

This jackpot was so large in part because Mega Millions became tougher to win. The prize rises with each miss, and no one had won it since organizers increased the pool of numbers to choose from — making astronomical odds even longer — in October.

The winning tickets were sold at Jenny’s Gift Shop in a San Jose strip mall and a Gateway Newstand in the lobby of an office building near Atlanta’s Buckhead area, lottery officials said.

In Florida, $8,000 worth of tickets were sold every minute from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, CNN affiliate WFTS reported, citing lottery officials. Mega Millions tickets go for $1 each, though buyers choose to pay an additional $1 for the Megaplier option, which could multiply lesser, non-jackpot winning prizes.

Before the drawing, a lottery player in the Bronx joked Tuesday that the jackpot wouldn’t change his life.

“It would just change my vocabulary. I would say, ‘I quit’ (my job),” he told CNN affiliate News 12 of New York on Tuesday morning in the Bronx’s Hunts Point neighborhood.

At Bunny’s Superette in Manchester, New Hampshire, a clerk told CNN affiliate WMUR that Mega Millions sales were brisk Tuesday — she’d gone through four rolls of ticket paper by noon.

One player there, Armand Lesage, said he’d like to use the jackpot to escape snowy New Hampshire for a warm vacation. But he’d also share with his large family.

“My mother had 19 of us, and that is a big family, and 14 are still living,” he told WMUR.

The chance of winning — never particularly bright — got worse in late October, when Mega Millions increased the drawing’s pool of numbers. The odds of hitting the jackpot, which were 1 in 176 million, are now 1 in 259 million.

You have more than 1,000 times better chance of an asteroid or comet killing you — and that’s using the longest estimated odds for the celestial bodies — according to Tulane University.

“Winning the Mega Millions is akin to getting struck by lightning at the same time you’re being eaten by a shark,” said Todd Northrop, founder of Lotterypost.com.

Previously, lottery players chose five numbers, ranging from 1 to 56. It’s now 1 to 75. But the sixth, gold ball has fewer numbers from which to choose, as the pool decreased from 46 to 15.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states — all but Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming — plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

 

 

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The Mega Millions jackpot is at $636 million for tonight’s drawing, the second largest in U.S. history.

The drawing will take place on Tuesday at 10 p.m.

If there’s a lone winner, then the lump sum payout is about $340 million.

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The Mega Millions jackpot is at $636 million for tonight’s drawing, the second largest in U.S. history.

The drawing will take place on Tuesday at 10 p.m.

If there’s a lone winner, then the lump sum payout is about $340 million.

A one dollar investment can turn into a $636 million reward if you buy the lucky “Mega Millions” lottery ticket.

The drawing will take place on Tuesday at 10 p.m.

If there’s a lone winner, then the lump sum payout is about $340 million.

The $636 million jackpot is the second largest in U.S. history. The record was $656 million in March 2012.

People in the Chicago area are rushing to buy tickets, and that could send the jackpot even higher.

“I’m a lucky person. I’m gonna win,” said one player.

We spoke with Napleton’s Aston Martin of Chicago, and we learned a winner could buy 973 of the new, Aston Martin Vanquishes, which cost about $325,000, if they want to.

There’s still time to get your lottery tickets for tonight’s half-billion dollar jackpot in the Mega Millions game.

The prize for a single winning ticket is now $586-million.

That’s a cash payout of $316-million and sales could push the pot higher.

If no one wins by Christmas the jackpot could swell to $1-billion dollars.

So far, 21-straight drawings since October have failed to produce a winner –making round of the mega millions the longest to last without a winner.

Your odds of winning are 1 in 259 million.

A half-billion dollar jackpot awaits the winner of Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing.

MEGA MILLIONSFriday the 13th wasn’t a lucky day for people playing for the Mega Millions winnings.

The $425 million prize rolled over, and grew to $586 million.

This makes it the fourth largest Mega Millions jackpot ever — and the amount could still increase before Tuesday night.

The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 259 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot jumped to $550 million after no winning ticket was sold for Friday night’s drawing.

The next drawing will be held on Tuesday.

This would be the Mega Millions second largest jack pot ever.

Lottery officials say the odds of getting all six numbers correct are about 1 in 259 million.

Friday night’s winning numbers are: 19, 24, 26, 27, 70 and Mega ball 12.

The winning numbers for the $425 million Mega Millions lottery are out. They are 19, 24, 26, 27, 70 and Mega ball 12, lottery officials said Friday.

Now a search for a winner begins.

The Mega Millions jumped to more than $400 million, rolling over for the 20th time after no winner was picked in Tuesday’s drawing, likely having a Pavlovian effect on regular lottery players. But anyone with a modicum of math proficiency knows he might as well set fire to that $1 bill as spend it on a ticket.

Your odds of getting all six numbers correct for the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot are about 1 in 259 million, according to the lottery company. You have more than 1,000 times better chance of an asteroid or comet killing you — and that’s using the long odds, according to Tulane University.

Which is to say, astronomical.

The latest probability is up from the old odds, which were about 1 in 175 million.

Of course, you’d probably have a hard time telling this to the trio from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland who split the record $656 million kitty last year.

It’s worth mentioning that you have a one-in-15 chance of winning something, even if it’s just getting your dollar back, while the odds of winning the second-place $1 million prize (that is, matching five balls but not the megaball) are about 1 in 18.5 million.

Those numbers are hard for the average person to fathom, so maybe it’s easier if we provide you a list of things that are way more likely than collecting a Mega Millions jackpot.

From the Harvard School of Public Health:

• Chances of dying from a bee sting: 1 in 6.1 million.

• Chance you will be die from being struck by lightning: 1 in 3 million.

From the University of Maryland Medical Center:

• Chance of having conjoined twins: 1 in 200,000.

From U.S. Hole in One, which insures golf prizes for holes in one:

• The chance of an amateur golfer making a hole in one on a par-3 hole is about 1 in 12,500.

• The chance of a golfer hitting a hole in one on consecutive par-3 holes: 1 in about 156 million.

From a 2011 State Farm study on collisions between vehicles and deer:

• The chance of hitting a deer with a vehicle in Hawaii, the state where State Farm says deer-vehicle collisions are least likely, is 1 in 6,267.

From the National Weather Service:

• The chance of being struck by lightning over an 80-year lifetime: 1 in 10,000.

From the Florida Museum of Natural History, based on U.S. beach injury statistics in 2000:

• Chance of drowning and other beach-related fatalities: 1 in 2 million.

• Chance of being attacked by a shark: 1 in 11.5 million.

Good, ahem, luck.

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The Mega Millions lottery has just increased the jackpot again to $400 million.

No one cashed in Tuesday night, so the top prize has gone unclaimed for more than two months.

lottery$400 million is the second biggest mega millions jackpot ever trailing only the $656-million jackpot awarded last year.

The next drawing is Friday.

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