• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 36s

Mega Millions: 2 winning tickets sold; jackpot may hit $648M

By CBS News 5:43 AM December 18, 2013

The latest winning tickets were sold in California and Georgia

DES MOINES- There were two winning tickets in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. The jackpot, set at $636 million at the time the winning numbers were picked, was going to grow and was likely to wind up closer to $648 million, according to Alex Traverso, a spokesperson for the California Lottery.

Both $636 million and $648 million would be the second largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. The largest was $656 million.

Traverso told CBS News the final total was still being tallied early Wednesday.

The latest winning tickets were sold in California and Georgia.

Traverso says the holders of the two winning tickets will split the jackpot.

He says one ticket matching all six numbers was sold in San Jose, Calif., at Jennifer’s Gift Shop.

Georgia lottery officials say the other was sold at the Gateway Newsstand in Atlanta. The newsstand is in a mall.

“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.”

The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7.

The winners can choose to be paid over time or in a cash lump sum, lottery officials said. Based on the $636 million figure, the winners would receive $318 million each over time or $170 million each in cash. The cash option was estimated at $341 million before taxes.

The jackpot now resets to $15 million for the next drawing, which is on Friday night.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase the jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. That means the chances of winning the jackpot are now about 1 in 259 million. It used to be about 1 in 176 million, nearly the same odds of winning a Powerball jackpot.

But that hasn’t stopped aspiring multimillionaires from playing the game.

“Oh, I think there’s absolutely no way I am going to win this lottery,” said Tanya Joosten, 39, an educator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who bought several tickets Tuesday. “But it’s hard for such a small amount of money to not take the chance.”

Tickets sold for Tuesday’s drawing at a pace that surpassed even the lottery’s expectations, said Mega Millions lead director Paula Otto, who is also executive director of the Virginia Lottery. Otto said officials expected about 70 percent of the possible number combinations to be purchased for Tuesday’s drawing.

She said the jackpot started its ascent on Oct. 4. Twenty-two draws came and went without a winner, Otto said. She also said a billion dollars worth of tickets were sold during the run.

The Mega Millions revamp comes about two years after Powerball changed some of its game rules and increased the price of a ticket to $2 and added $1 million and $2 million secondary prizes. Mega Millions remains $1, and an extra $1 option has been expanded to allow up to $5 million as a secondary prize.

The changes in both games were aimed at creating bigger and faster growing jackpots. So far, they appear to be working.

Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Latest Stories

  • DayBreak

    Vlogger Cory Williams returns to the Daybreak couch

    by Daybreak Staff on Sep 30, 12:08

    You knew him first as a vlogger new to Alaska, then a husband, and now he’s a father. Friday, Cory Williams updated viewers on in his life since the last time he was on the show in December. Williams was joined by his wife, Kristin, and the newest member to the family, baby Chell. The […]

  • Weather

    Anchorage records first official frost of the season

    by Rachael Penton on Sep 30, 11:48

    It’s been a chilly week across southcentral Alaska, and just before 8 a.m. Friday Anchorage finally recorded its first official frost of the season. Temperatures in many areas of the Anchorage bowl have dropped below freezing this week, with some spots reaching the upper 20s. However, because climate data is recorded at Ted Stevens Anchorage […]

  • Lifestyle

    Scientists surveying, updating century-old seafloor data near Uganik Bay

    by Associated Press on Sep 30, 8:16

    Federal researchers are surveying the seafloor in Uganik Bay and west of the Kodiak Archipelago as part of an effort to update navigational information used by mariners that is 100 years old. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports a 50-member crew is surveying the area aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel. The ship uses […]

  • Politics

    Nageak says he’s not leaving primary lawsuit

    by Associated Press on Sep 30, 7:56

    A northern Alaska lawmaker says he’s not giving up his fight against the state over his loss in the August primary election. The Juneau Empire reports Democratic Rep. Benjamin Nageak of Barrow had indicated in testimony Wednesday that he would be pulling out of his lawsuit. But during testimony Thursday he said he was unable […]

  • News

    Southbound Old Seward Highway reopened near Klatt Road

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 30, 7:44

    Updated at 8:08 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 Just one southbound lane of the Old Seward Highway was open near Klatt Road Friday morning following a crash, according to Anchorage police. Southbound Old Seward at Klatt blocked temporarily for officers investigating vehicle accident. https://t.co/1baPUN1sSc — APD Public Info. (@APDInfo) September 30, 2016 In a release […]

  • News

    ConocoPhillips Alaska sets drilling record

    by Daniella Rivera on Sep 29, 21:54

    At a time when there’s no clear end in site for plummeting oil prices, good news from the North Slope is rare, but on Thursday ConocoPhillips Alaska announced its set a new drilling record at drill site CD5, the first drill site in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska (NPRA). CD5 is now home to the longest […]

  • Lifestyle

    HPV vaccine works even better than expected, study finds

    by CBS News on Sep 29, 21:42

    The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which doctors believe causes most cases of cervical cancer, appears even more effective than believed, a new study finds. “After eight years of vaccination, the reduction in the incidence of cervical neoplasia [abnormal growth of cells], including pre-cancers, have been reduced approximately 50 percent. This is greater than what was […]

  • Lifestyle

    Emergency preparation: How to be power outage ready

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 29, 20:35

    Alaskans are always being reminded to prepare for a disaster, but an emergency doesn’t necessarily have to be an event like a major earthquake. Something as common as a power outage can turn into an emergency if it lasts for hours or even days. Art Nash is an energy expert with UAF. Cooperative Extension Service. […]