Two Winning Tickets Sold for Massive Mega Millions Jackpot

California and Georgia have newly minted multimillionaires

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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.

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3 comments
ibvigilant
ibvigilant

This is crap!  Odds of winning changed from 1 in 176 million to 1 in 259 million.  If 22 consecutive draws were held without a winner under the 1 in 176 million, that means the odds to win reduces under the 1 in 259 million and only increases the pot along with more draws being held without the likelihood of a winner and; therefore,  the likelihood of a payout which is an increase of losses to the public. I'm no mathematician, but this looks like more flimflams and ponzi schemes on the public masquerading as a device to entice more participation. If my math is screwed up, someone please give me the correct math. Deception is the name of the game in this world today, and one does not have to look too far to find numerous examples of proof and evidence. "Fools and their money part ways" is an old saying, and fools never even realize they've been a fool.  

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