At least 2 winners in $636M Mega Millions jackpot
At least two winning tickets have been sold in the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, officials in California and Georgia announced.
One lucky costumer bought a winning ticket at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose, according to California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso. That winner will be sharing the second-largest lottery jackpot of all time with the holder of a ticket bought at the Gateway Newstand in Atlanta, 11 Alive News reports.
It is possible that winners in other states will be announced.
"For us, the main thing we'd like to get across is the level of excitement we saw all across California," Traverso told the Associated Press. "At one point, we were selling about 25,000 tickets per minute."
"It's been an amazing experience. It's unbelievable," he said.
The odds of winning were about 1 in 259 million.
Jennifer's Gift Shop owner Thuy Nguyen will receive a prize of about $1 million for selling the winning ticket, lottery officials told the San Jose Mercury News.
"I am so happy, I feel good," Nguyen told the Mercury News after learning his store had sold the winning ticket.
Tuesday's jackpot had rolled over 21 straight drawings since Oct. 4, worth a lump, sum, pre-tax payout worth $314.2 million. If there's no winner, Friday night's jackpot could surge past $825 million, eviscerating the $656 million record jackpot split by three winners in March 2012.