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Lucky Mega Millions tickets sold in Atlanta, San Jose

By Johnny Clark

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:50 a.m. HST, Dec 18, 2013


ATLANTA » Two lucky winning tickets were sold in Tuesday's near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.

The lucky Georgia ticket was sold at a Gateway Newsstand in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead area, Mega Millions Executive Director Paula Otto said.

Newsstand owner Young Soolee grinned as she arrived this morning at the shop off the lobby of the Alliance Center office building. The newsstand — a small, long shop with one register that can hold perhaps 10 people at a time — is frequented by workers at the office building, which sits across the street from an upscale mall.

"I'm so excited and so happy now," Soolee said. "I love my store and the customer now."

Buckhead is a financial center of Atlanta and one of its largest neighborhoods, a vast northern area known for upscale shopping centers such as Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, both a short walk from the store that sold the winning ticket. The Alliance Center is home to a variety of offices — lawyers and financial services professionals, even the Brazilian Consulate General.

The California ticket was sold at Jennifer's Gift Shop, which sits along San Jose's tree-lined Tully Road, amid a cluster of Asian restaurants. The store's owner, Thuy Nguyen, told KNTV he doesn't know who the bought the winning ticket, but it's likely someone he knows — most of his customers are his friends. "I feel good! I don't even know, I can't sleep tonight," Nguyen told the station.

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

The jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. It started its ascent Oct. 4. Twenty-two draws came and went without winners, Otto said.

Otto said $336 million in tickets were sold for Tuesday's drawing — they had projected $319 million.

"Sales were a little better than we'd anticipated," Otto said. "It was a fun run; it was our first holiday run for either of the big jackpot games."

The winners can choose to be paid over time or in a cash lump sum, Otto said. Based on the $636 million figure, the winners would receive $318 million each over time or $170 million each in cash.

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.

Associated Press writer Jeff Martin contributed to this report.







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serious wrote:
An article on a Google search shows that in a dozen states the revenue gained by the lottery is more than they receive from corporate taxes. Sure would be great if Hawaii would join the lottery and perhaps cut our taxes????
on December 18,2013 | 05:52AM
HLOEWEN wrote:
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on December 18,2013 | 06:08AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Get a grip on reality - the average loss is a few dollars. It's a game and games that have winnings are not free. What makes you think people in Hawaii are bigger losers than people in the 48 states/dc that have lotteries?
on December 18,2013 | 06:22AM
DaMenace168 wrote:
It' just like buying "lucky drawing" tickets at school fundraisers here...technically, a "raffle". Most people are willing to spend a few bucks or give up the purchase of a pack of cigarettes for a chance to "win it big". If people are blowing their earnings or life savings on the lottery, then it wouldn't matter if it happened here or any state - they have an even bigger problem themselves.
on December 18,2013 | 08:00AM
paniolo wrote:
It's THEIR money. Waste YOUR money the way YOU want. Let them spend on what they want. Buying stocks is a gamble. Look at what happened when the economy tanked. People lost a lot of money then, and still trying to recover.
on December 18,2013 | 07:06AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
At least those who put money into the lottery are getting something for their money, excitement. Maybe for many it's false hopes but still the same, they get something out of their money. Whereas in taxes we don't get much out of it. Just more taxes. Well, maybe we get something in return such as services that cost way too much in the form of unionized labor. Just saying.
on December 18,2013 | 10:46AM
paniolo wrote:
I wonder how much the newsstand and the Gift Shop will each get for selling the winning tickets. Good for them. Too bad none of Hawaii's stores won't get anything, even from tickets sold.
on December 18,2013 | 10:11AM
paniolo wrote:
Just read that the San Jose Gift Shop will get $1 million.
on December 18,2013 | 10:25AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Unfortunately, our state, like its taxes, is regressive. The only form of taxes it wants is from tourism and that revenue is not enough to pay the high wages of state and city and county workers. The lottery would certainly help our ever-growing expenditure.
on December 18,2013 | 10:49AM
paniolo wrote:
Totally agree.
on December 18,2013 | 11:10AM
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