Reports Say At Least Two Winning Tickets Were Sold for Tuesday's Mega Millions Lottery, One in California and One in Georgia. Estimated Jackpot Was $636 Million, the Second Biggest in U.S. History Fox News, TVWeek, San Jose Mercury News
[Updated at 10:49 pm, PT, on Dec. 17, 2013. The official Mega Millions website now confirms that there are just two winning tickets of Tuesday night's lottery drawing and that the jackpot was indeed $636 million.]
"Lottery officials said late Tuesday that winning tickets for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot were sold in California and Georgia," Fox News is reporting.
The story continues, "A message on the California Lottery's official Twitter account read 'Check your tickets #SanJose because holiday luck has actually struck YOUR city!' California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso told Reuters that the winning ticket was sold at a retail location on Tully Road in the Northern California city.
"Later Tuesday, the Texas Lottery posted a message on its Twitter account saying that a winning ticket had been sold in Georgia, though that was not confirmed by Georgia Lottery officials."
However, TVWeek has gone on the official website of the Georgia lottery and it does indeed say that there has been one winning ticket sold in that state.
The $636 million jackpot was the second largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. Last year the biggest jackpot of $656 million was won.
The San Jose Mercury News says the winning Mega Millions ticket in San Jose was sold at Jenny's Gift Shop, located at 1818 Tully Road.
The Mercury News story continues, "Store owner Thuy Nguyen, who said he had just taken over the store four months ago, said lottery sales had 'been keeping me real busy' throughout the day. He planned to reopen the store at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
" 'The lottery called me and let me know (that the winning ticket was sold here), so then when I came and take a look, everybody (was) here, and whoa!' Nguyen said with a huge grin, jumping deliriously around the parking lot before heading out to celebrate.
"Nguyen added with a laugh: 'I am so happy, I feel good.' "
The Mercury News story added, "Lottery officials said Nguyen would receive a prize of about $1 million for selling the winning ticket."