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Numbers drawn in Mega Millions $636M jackpot

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Numbers drawn in Mega Millions $636M jackpot

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Dec 17, 2013

WINNING NUMBERS -  8 20 14 17 39 & MEGA BALL: 7

 

Update: At least two winning tickets were sold for Tuesday night's Mega Millions jackpot, whose $636 million payout is the second-largest in U.S. history. The winners -- who matched all six numbers in the drawing -- have not yet come forward, but lottery officials say one winning ticket was purchased at Jenny's Gift Shop in San Jose, Calif., and the other at Gateway Newsstand in Atlanta. The holders of those tickets, and any other winners that might emerge, will split the jackpot.

And for the millions of you who bought tickets but didn't win, the jackpot resets to $15 million for the next drawing, which is on Friday night.

 

 

The current pot is at $636 million and, as CNN explains, "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 Mega Ball) are about one in 18.5 million."

The $425 million Mega Millions lottery of last week jumped to $550 million, as no winner cashed in on Friday the 13th. That was the 20th increase in the lottery jackpot, the accumulating result of no claims since the spring.
 
Nearing the March 2012 national record of a $656 million triple-winning ticket, Time reports "officials will gauge sales, estimated to go at a rate of 11 million an hour in 43 states, throughout the day to determine how much the jackpot should increase."
 
Lotto devotees and first-time believers flocked to their nearest ticket supplier before the 11 p.m. (EST) draw.
 
"The large Mega Millions prize is the product of a major game revamp in October that dramatically lowered the odds of winning the jackpot," says Fox News. "If a winner isn't selected Tuesday night, and it rolls over past the next drawling scheduled Friday night, [Paula] Otto predicts the jackpot will reach $1 billion-- an unheard of amount for Mega Millions or Powerball, the nation's two main lottery games."
 
The forecast looks green. Otto, who is executive director of the Virginia Lottery and Mega Millions lead director, says, "We've never had a jackpot this high the week before Christmas. You like to see winners, and you like to see big jackpots." She adds, "I leave it in the hands of the bouncing balls." 
Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.