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CNN reporter goofs, tells store owner to expect a portion of Mega Millions win

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Young Soo Lee – the small newsstand owner from Atlanta who sold one of the two $636 Mega-Million jackpot tickets – was overjoyed, but only for a few moments.

Told by a CNN reporter this week that she was legally entitled to a portion of the winnings, Lee’s joy quickly deflated when the reality of her state’s lottery rules hit her upside the head.

Yahoo! News on Friday carried the embarrassing story of the CNN reporter who informed her she'd be getting a whopping $1 million prize for selling the winning ticket.

According to CNN, the conversation went like this:

“Now you know by selling the winning ticket there's also prize money for you,” CNN's Martin Savidge told Young Soo Lee, the owner of the Gateway newsstand in Buckhead, Ga.

“I know, but I don't know how much,” she replied. “Long time ago, I heard it's $25,000.”

“Let me tell you, it's a lot more than $25,000,” Savidge replied. “It's about $1 million that you get.”

“Really?” she gasped. “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I never had so much money!”

Perhaps the reporter was thinking of the store owner in California, who will indeed be receiving a $1 million bonus for selling the other winning ticket. Georgia lottery rules are none too generous however.

Via NBC News: “Georgia lottery rules provide no retailer payout,” spokeswoman Tandi Reddick said. “Retailers get a flat 6 percent commission on the sales of the $1 tickets themselves, but no bonus for a winning ticket,” she said.

So while the owner of Jenny's Gift Shop in San Jose, Calif., 37-year-old Thuy Nguyen, will pocket $1 million, Soo Lee will get zilch.



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