Two winning tickets in US $636m Mega Millions lottery
- 18 December 2013
- From the section US & Canada
Two winning tickets have been sold for the US's second largest jackpot in history, the $636m (£390m) Mega Millions draw, lottery officials say.
One ticket was sold in California, at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose, and another ticket was sold in Atlanta, Georgia.
Long queues were reported around the country in stores selling the tickets ahead of the draw.
The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20 and 39, with a Megaball of 7.
Ira Curry, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was announced as the Georgia winner on Wednesday. She will take a lump sum payment of $123m after taxes, Georgia Lottery chief executive Debbie Alford said.
The California winner has one year to come forward.
The current American jackpot record is $656m - that was split between three winners in 2012.
The jackpot was previously estimated at $586m, but on Tuesday lottery officials increased their prediction due to strong ticket sales.
Undeterred by odds of one in 259 million, large queues of would-be winners formed at petrol stations and convenience stores in the 43 US states that participate in the draw.
If received in a lump cash sum as opposed to an annuity, the total would be $341m before taxes.
Ms Curry told lottery officials she was driving to work when she heard on the radio the final number of the sequence was 7.
She knew it was her Mega Ball number, so she called her daughter to check the ticket.
"Between joyful tears and laughter on the daughter's part, she relayed to her mother that her mother had won the lottery," Ms Alford told the Associated Press news agency.
Ms Curry, her husband and other family members came to the lottery headquarters to claim the prize. Ms Alford said Ms Curry was "just in a state of disbelief".