Mega Millions Winners Are in Georgia, Calif.
$636M jackpot to be split at least two ways
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2013 12:34 AM CST
Updated Dec 18, 2013 7:37 AM CST
Mega Millions lottery tickets sell at a brisk pace in Laveen, Arizona, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – The near-record $636 million Mega Millions jackpot will be split by at least two winners—tickets bought in Georgia and in San Jose, Calif., matched the winning numbers 8, 14, 17, 20, and 39, with a Megaball of 7. Lottery officials say the winners will "put a lot of money in their bank account real soon" but there could still be other winners out there, the Los Angeles Times reports. The odds of winning the mega-prize were around 1 in 259 million, which the founder of LotteryPost.com tells CNN is "akin to getting struck by lightning at the same time you're being eaten by a shark."

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trailmix
Dec 18, 2013 11:50 AM CST
They should have split up the jackpot, and draw a separate set of numbers for every 25 million. That would have made 25 sets of numbers drawn. Just think about how many people and communities would be positively affected. most of the winners would be spreading some of that cash around, new homes, cars, education, ect. to friends and family.
HonkUSA
Dec 18, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Since the "LOTTERY COMMISSION" ? , decided to add another fifteen numbers , now you have to pick six out of seventy five , this has made the odds of winning so remote that another record will be set very soon . It is just like the corporations have downsized everything over the last few years ,trying to make us think that we are getting a bargain , as they didn't increase the price .
wyle
Dec 18, 2013 8:52 AM CST
I'm glad there are two winners because one person doesn't need $636 million. I'd rather see 636 one million dollar winners.