Lottery officials say winning ticket tickets have been sold in California and Georgia for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The winning numbers were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7.
Paula Otto, the Virginia Lottery's executive director and the lead director of Mega Millions, said that $336 million in tickets were sold for Tuesday drawing - they had projected $319 million.
California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said Tuesday night that one ticket was sold at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose, Calif.
Otto didn't know yet where in Georgia the ticket had been sold.
The jackpot resets to $15 million for the next drawing, which is on Friday night.
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NBC News reports at least one wining ticket was sold in California for Tuesday night's drawing now at $636 million -- the second-biggest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The winning numbers are: 8,14,17,20,39 - mega ball 7.
The jackpot now trails only a $656 million Mega Millions pot in March 2012.
Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase the jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize to about 1 in 259 million.
(NBC News) Christmas could come early for one lucky winner this year if they scoop more than half-a-billion dollars in prize money up for grabs in tonight's Mega Millions jackpot.
A last-minute ticket buying frenzy saw the prize swell to $586 million on Monday, and Virginia's lottery director Paula Otto says she expected another spike in sales before Tuesday's 11 p.m. ET draw.
"We've never had a jackpot this high the week before Christmas," Otto says. "You like to see winners and you like to see big jackpots. I leave it in the hands of the bouncing balls."
As much as 70 percent of tickets are typically bought the day of the drawing, she added, saying that over the weekend 20 percent more chances were sold over the weekend for the multi-state game.
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