TODAY   |  December 18, 2013

At least two win big in Mega Millions lottery

Two winning tickets, one in California and one in Atlanta, Ga., have been identified in the Mega Millions lottery jackpot, valued at $636 million. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports.

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>> millions.

>> but that's a lot of cash. if you bought your tickets in either california or georgia check your ticket carefully. the first winning ticket was sold at a gift shop in san jose . the other at a newsstand inside that building in atlanta .

>> all right. get your ticket out. get your coffee going. for the record the winning numbers are 8, 14, 17, 20, 39, and the mega ball 7. i always wanted to do that. let's get right to gabe gutierrez who is outside the winning location in atlanta . good morning.

>> reporter: good morning. you have got to be kidding me. i had dinner in this part of town about a mile from here last night. sadly i didn't think to come to this spot. we're here in buchead, one of the hignicer areas in atlanta . this is leading some people to believe this ticket may have been bought by an office pool . meanwhile, clear across the country in san jose another winning ticket was sold and now several people must now decide what to do with all of that money. $636 million, the second biggest lottery pay out in u.s. history , will be split among at least two winners after tickets in california and georgia matched all six winning mega millions numbers tuesday night. the odds of hitting that winning combo, about 1 in 259 million. the owner of jenny's gift shop in san jose will get a pay out of roughly $1 million just for selling the tickets.

>> feels good. comes to my store. i feel good. i don't know if i can sleep tonight .

>> reporter: it came after days after mega mania nationwide. nevada is one of within normal limits seven states that don't sell the tickets causing ridiculous lines across state lines in california . 70% of the tickets for this jackpot were sold yesterday. at its hike, customers bought half a million tickets a minute. for this store owner an amazing sell against all odds.

>> i feel good. i'm a lucky person. keeps my people happy. whatever that is, you know.

>> reporter: california and georgia continue their winning ways . for california , this is the 11th time the state has sold a winning ticket of a jackpot of more than $100 million. for georgia , it's the seventh time. as we wait for the winners to come forward. i have breaking news to report. the nbc atlanta office pool , well, we got $13.

>> way to go.

>> congratulations.

>> party in atlanta .

>> 88 cents each.

>> i know.

>> gabe, thank you so much.