Two Winning Tickets Sold for Massive Mega Millions Jackpot

California and Georgia have newly minted multimillionaires

  • Share
  • Read Later
Tami Chappell / Reuters

Lottery balls wait to be dropped prior to the lottery drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot, estimated at $636 million, in Atlanta, Georgia Dec. 17, 2013.

Two winners will share the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history after the Mega Millions draw on Tuesday.

One winner bought a ticket at Jennifer’s Gift Shop in San Jose, California, the other at Gateway Newsstand in Atlanta. They will soon split a jackpot that could top $648 million according to a California Lottery spokesperson.

CBS News reports that the winners have beaten the 1 in 259 million odds of drawing a winning ticket, which Mega Millions recently changed from 1 in 176 million in order to create bigger jackpots. The current jackpot swelled to its enormous size after 22 consecutive draws without a winner.