ATLANTA (AP) — Two lucky winning tickets were sold in Tuesday's near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in
Newsstand owner Young Soolee grinned as she arrived Wednesday morning at the shop off the lobby of the
"I'm so excited and so happy now," Soolee said. "I love my store and the customer now."
Some media outlets reported that Soolee would receive money as the owner of the store that sold a winning ticket. But Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick said Wednesday that's not the case.
She said Soolee won't get any bonus beyond the 6 percent commission all retail outlets received based on lottery sales.
"They do have the distinction of being known as the lucky store now, and that's always great news for them," Reddick said.
The winner has 180 days to claim the prize, Reddick said. The clock began ticking Tuesday. Lottery officials in
Buckhead is a financial center of
The winning numbers in the drawing were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7.
The jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in
Twenty-two draws came and went without winners, Otto said.
Otto said $336 million in tickets were sold for Tuesday's drawing — they had projected $319 million.
"Sales were a little better than we'd anticipated," Otto said. "It was a fun run; it was our first holiday run for either of the big jackpot games."
The winners can choose to be paid over time or in a cash lump sum, Otto said. Based on the $636 million figure, the winners would receive $318 million each over time or $170 million each in cash.
Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase the jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. That means the chances of winning the jackpot are now about 1 in 259 million.
It used to be about 1 in 176 million, nearly the same odds of winning a Powerball jackpot.