$648 Mega Millions Jackpot Shared by Two Ticket Holders
3rd January 2014 11:15 AM
Two Mega Millions players from California and Georgia are now a whopping $324 million richer, having landed the top prize for the drawing on December 17th. The two ticket holders successfully matched the winning numbers, which were 8, 20, 14, 17, 39 and the Mega Ball number was 7.
What do we know about the winners?
Winner in California
The first Mega Millions jackpot-winning ticket was bought by Steve Tran in San Jose. Steve bought five Quick Pick tickets at Jennifer’s Gift Shop, located at 1818 Tully Road. It took two weeks for Steve to realize that he held a winning ticket, as he mentioned that the ticket was mixed up with other lottery tickets that he previously purchased and commented that the tickets were “Just sitting in my house, on top of my drawer.”
At around 3:00 a.m. on Monday, Steve remembered he had bought a ticket in San Jose and when he checked his tickets, he found out that we was now a millionaire. Steve told his wife and close family members, before ringing his boss to quit his job, saying “I’m really sorry boss. I hit the jackpot. I don’t think I’m going to come in today, tomorrow, or ever.”
Steve plans on spending some of the winnings on a vacation. He has yet to confirm if he will take home the cash-lump sum of $173.8 million before taxes or to accept the full value of the jackpot, paid out over a 26-year period. The store that sold the winning ticket will also receive a bonus of $1 million.
Winner in Georgia
Ira Curry from Stone Mountain is the second winning ticket holder to share the $648 Mega Millions jackpot. The 56-year-old commented on her win, saying “It’s like I’m still dreaming”. Ira bought her winning ticket at Gateway Newstand, located on 3500 Lenox Road in Atlanta. She chose her numbers using family Birthdays and mentioned that the number seven is lucky for her family. The Mega Ball number in the drawing on December 17th was 7.
Ira opted for the cash option of $173.8 million before taxes and confirmed that she has yet to decide what to spend the winnings on.
You can find more information about the latest Mega Millions jackpot winners on the Mega Millions Winners page.
Where can I buy a ticket for the next Mega Millions drawing?
If you would like a chance at winning a top Mega Millions prize, you can buy tickets from any authorized retailers in participating states or fans of the game can choose their numbers online. If you are struggling to pick your numbers, try using the Mega Millions Number Generator. Good luck in the next drawing!
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