2 Winning Tickets for Mega Millions Jackpot of $636 Million

California and Georgia sell the two winning tickets for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot.

Andrew Plank gets Mega Million tickets for customers Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Bill's Kwik Chek in Chambersburg, Pa.
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Two lucky people became a whole lot richer on Tuesday evening.

Not one, but two people beat the 1 in 259 million odds of winning the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot. The two will be splitting the second-largest prize in U.S. lottery history.

The drawing's winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20 and 39, with a Mega Ball of 7. The lucky guessers of these life-changing numbers have yet to come forward to collect their prize.

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Twenty other lucky ticket holders also will win $1 million, having matched all of the numbers except the Mega Ball.

One winning jackpot ticket was sold at a Gateway Newsstand in Atlanta, and the other was sold in a gift shop in San Jose, Calif.

"I'm so excited and nervous too," Young Soolee, owner of the newsstand in Atlanta, told Fox 5 News. Soolee has about 1 million reasons to be excited, since she'll be receiving an estimated $1 million for selling one of the winning tickets. The store owner in San Jose also will receive $1 million.

Soolee said that she sold 1,300 tickets on Tuesday alone. In Florida, CNN affiliate WFTS reported $8,000 worth of tickets sold every minute from 9 to 10 a.m.

"At one point, we were selling about 25,000 tickets per minute," Paula Otto, Virginia Lottery executive director and Mega Millions lead director, told Foxnews.com.

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George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University who has researched the motives of lottery-ticket buyers, told USA Today those flocking to buy lottery tickets likely weren't concerned about the odds of winning -- only with the amount of money they could win.

"People don't really understand probabilities at all," Loewenstein said. "People do understand the meaning of the word 'largest.'"

Mega Millions lottery tickets are $1 each, unless players choose to pay an additional $1 for the Megaplier option, which gives players a greater chance of winning smaller, non-jackpot prizes.

Though two winning tickets were sold, if no one claims the prize, the Mega Millions jackpot will continue to swell until the next drawing on Friday. That could mean a $950 million jackpot, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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