Thursday, April 17, 2014   

Two winners share US$636m US lottery jackpot
(12-18 16:10)

Who needs Santa Claus when you hold one of two winning tickets announced in the US$636 million Mega Millions lottery in the United States?
The life-changing stubs for the second richest pot in American lottery history were sold in San Jose, California at a gift shop and at a newsstand in Atlanta, Georgia, CBS news reported, quoting lottery officials after the Tuesday night draw, AFP reports.
The jackpot will be split. The names of the winners are yet to be announced.
Winners in this sweepstake can opt between a one time lump sum payment or one smaller payment followed by others over 29 years.
Had there been a single winner in Tuesday's draw the one time cash option was estimated at US$341 million – before taxes.
The jackpot reached its dizzying sum after frantic Americans in 43 participating states, Washington D.C., and the US Virgin Islands spent days snapping up US$1 tickets.
Tuesday's combination of six winning numbers was: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and 7, the latter being known as the Mega Ball.
The record jackpot was US$656 million in March 2012. It was split among ticket holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
But this draw was the first since a rule change in October designed to make it harder to win and thus fatten the jackpot.
Previously, players picked five numbers from one to 56 plus a number from one to 46.
Under the new rules, players pick five numbers from one to 75 plus a number from one to 15 – shifting the odds of winning from one in 176 million to one in 259 million.
By comparison, the odds of being struck by lightning in the United States in one's lifetime is one in 10,000, according to the National Weather Service.

   
Other World breaking news:
Putin urges dialog in Ukraine (12 mins ago)
NKorea protests to UK over Kim Jong-Un hair poster (16 mins ago)
Heartbreaking text messages from students on sinking ferry in SKorea (1 hr 53 mins ago)
Firetruck crashes in California restaurant (04-17 11:22)
Fears grow for hundreds missing in SKorea ferry capsize (04-17 11:19)
Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter's Square (04-16 18:53)
Former Co-op Bank chair charged with drug offenses (04-16 18:52)
UK lawmakers slam lax security in Taliban attack (04-16 18:06)
Four skiers die in Norway avalanche (04-16 17:51)
(Flight MH370 )Sub makes second dive in search operation (04-16 17:10)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.