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Mega Millions winning numbers 12/17: California, Georgia $636M jackpot winners

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Lottery players nationwide are on the edge of their seats asking, "Did anyone win the Mega Millions jackpot on Dec. 17, 2013?" The Mega Millions winning numbers results are 8, 14, 17, 20, 39, the Mega Ball number is 7, and the Megaplier is X 4, and was worth a gigantic $636 million jackpot. CNN News reported on Wednesday, Dec. 18, that two (2) Mega Millions jackpot winners purchased winning lottery tickets—one from the California Lottery, and one from the Georgia Lottery—for the huge grand prize.

California Lottery officials confirmed their winning ticket Tuesday at around 10:40 a.m. PST. The lucky ticket worth half of the $636 million jackpot—or $318 million before taxes—was purchased at Jennifer's Gift Shop, 1818 Tully Rd #154B, San Jose, California, 95122. The Georgia Mega Millions winning lottery ticket was sold at Gateway Newstand on Lenox Road, in Atlanta, reported ABC News. Both winning tickets matched all six Mega Millions winning numbers for the Tuesday, Dec. 17 drawing.

How hard was it to win the Mega Millions jackpot? The odds—1 in 258,890,850—are astronomical now that they raised the stakes and added more numbers. If you thought it was hard to win before October, it's even more difficult to win now that they've changed the rules.

"Winning the Mega Millions is akin to getting struck by lightning at the same time you're being eaten by a shark," Todd Northrop, founder of Lotterypost.com, told CNN," Wednesday, Dec. 18.

In addition to the California Mega Millions lottery jackpot winner, and the Georgia Mega Millions jackpot winner splitting the $636 million grand prize, there are millions and millions of Mega Millions lottery winners—25,098,193 to be exact—of smaller lottery prizes won ranging in size from $1 to $1 million. How many tickets did you buy for tonight's drawing, and more importantly, did you win anything?

When is the Mega Millions Drawing?

The next Mega Millions drawing is Dec. 20 at 11 p.m. EST. Friday's estimated jackpot will start all over again at $15 million annuity, or $8 million cash value. Both amounts are before taxes. Mega Millions winning numbers are drawn Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11 p.m. EST at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are sold in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands and cost $1 each. Another $1 for the Megaplier option could greatly multiply your prize winnings!

When is the Next Powerball Drawing?

According to Florida Lottery officials, the next Powerball drawing is scheduled for Dec. 18, 2013 at 10:59 p.m. EST. Wednesday's estimated jackpot is a measly $50 million annuity compared to tonight's Mega Millions jackpot, or $27.7 million one time cash-value payment. The Powerball winning numbers are drawn live Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 10:59 p.m. EST in Florida. The Powerball game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each. Don't miss it!

Sources: Megamillions.com; CNN News; California Lottery; ABC News

Photo Credit: Mega Millions Lottery Money by Getty Images

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