Winning Mega Millions Tickets Split Between San Jose and Georgia

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ATLANTA (AP) - Lottery officials say a Georgia woman has one of the two winning tickets to the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest in U.S. history.

Lottery officials identified her as Ira Curry, of Stone Mountain, which is east of Atlanta. Officials say she bought one ticket and chose the numbers herself, using family birthdays and her family's lucky number, which is 7.

Curry did not attend the news conference. The other winning ticket was sold at a gift shop in San Jose, Calif.

The winning ticket in Georgia was sold at a newsstand in Buckhead, a financial center of Atlanta.

Georgia Lottery chief executive Debbie Alford says Curry is in a state of shock and that she plans to take the lump sum payout of $123 million after taxes.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The owner of an eclectic, unassuming strip mall gift shop in Silicon Valley has earned $1 million for selling one of two winning tickets in the near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing.

Jenny's Gifts and Kids Wear owner Thuy Nguyen says people are now calling his shop, "lucky Buddha."

Like Nguyen, most of his customers are immigrants from Vietnam or other Asian countries.

The former hairstylist who emigrated from Vietnam in the early 1990s said he expects a boost in business - not that he needs it - after selling a winning ticket for the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

On Wednesday, the parking lot outside his store was crowded with more than a dozen television news vans.

The person who bought the winning ticket from Nguyen had not yet come forward.