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Mega Millions: Two winners of the $636 million jackport

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There were two winning tickets in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing, according to CNN early Wednesday morning. The reports are revealing that one ticket was sold in San Jose California and the other was sold in Atlanta, Georgia.

The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20, and 39 with the Megaball coming up 7. Twenty tickets matched all five numbers except the Megaball which means there will be 20 more $1 million winners for the not-too-shabby second place prize.

Lottery officials reported late Tuesday morning that heightened sales before Tuesday evening’s drawing lifted the most recent jackpot to the $636 million mark from the previous prediction of $586. That’s just $20 off the United States’ Mega Millions all-time high jackpot of $586 million which was split three-ways in March of last year.

Check your tickets for smaller prizes. The lottery officials claim that many smaller prizes go unclaimed every year. And let's face it, a smaller prize is better than no prize.

Forty-three states engage in Mega Millions as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The only states who don’t sell tickets are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

If you didn’t win, don’t despair. With the new game rules initiated last October, it’s extremely difficult to win – and high jackpots should become more and more common in the future.

Next game's drawing is Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at 10 p.m. CT.

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