19 Dec 2013

$US636m jackpot lottery won by two tickets

6:25 am on 19 December 2013

Two tickets won the latest $US636 million Mega Millions jackpot lottery in the United States.

Quoting lottery officials after the draw on Tuesday night, CBS News reported they were sold at a gift shop in San Jose, California and at a newsstand in Atlanta, Georgia.

The jackpot will be split. The names of the winners were not immediately announced.

Winners in the sweepstake can opt between a one time lump sum payment or a smaller payment followed by others over the course of 29 years.

Tickets were sold in 43 states, Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands spent days snapping up $1 tickets for $US1.

Tuesday's combination of six winning numbers was: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and 7, the latter being known as the Mega Ball. The the odds of winning were one in 259 million.