ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Did anyone win Mega Millions 12/17/13 tonight? Tomorrow morning, consumers will be asking if anyone won Mega Millions 12-17-13 last night. But just before 9 pm PST, California Lottery officials told news that a sole California winning ticket has been identified. And there could be a second winner as well in another state.
Jennifer Gifts on Tully Road in San Jose, California sold the sole California winning ticket for the $636 million Mega millions draw tonight. It remains unknown currently if that is the only winning ticket nationally, however. If the San Jose ticket remains the sole winning ticket nationally, we could have a new U.S. record.
Before the draw was announced, the estimated jackpot sat at six hundred thirty-six million dollars, officials told news. The draw carried a cash option of three hundred forty-one million dollars. But will the final draw be even higher?
Tonight’s cash option would not be a record. Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills in May 2013 won a $370.9 million cash option. MacKenzie won the $590.5 million Powerball at the time. Tonight’s win by the San Jose ticket breaks the MacKenzie jackpot record, however.
For now, the San Jose ticket makes history as the second largest lottery jackpot win in U.S. history. But was the draw amount tonight even higher? Officials reminded consumers earlier today that the announced draw was only the estimated amount. “The estimated jackpot for Mega Millions on Dec. 17 has been increased to a whopping $636 million, flirting with the record jackpot of $656 million and becoming the second largest jackpot in American lottery history. The cash option prize is currently estimated at $341.2 million.” Tonight’s winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20, 39, Mega: 7, Megaplier: 4.
UPDATE: Officials confirm a second winning ticket has been sold in Georgia. As of 9 pm PST, there are two winning tickets, one in Georgia and one in San Jose. For continuing coverage of Mega Millions and Powerball this week click HERE.
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