Historic mega-jackpot split by two tickets

UPDATED: 12/18/2013

The jaw-dropping jackpot that's been causing mega-excitement from coast to coast has been won by two tickets. Those tickets were bought by Mega Millions players in California and Georgia.

Once all results were tallied, the final jackpot amount for the Dec. 17 drawing was $648 million, just shy of the Mega Millions record of $656 million, set on March 30, 2012. The cash value of Tuesday's jackpot was $347.6 million.

"It was a great run," said Paula Otto, Virginia Lottery Executive Director and Lead Director for Mega Millions.  "We have two jackpot winners, but the important programs supported by the 45 Mega Millions lotteries are the real winners. During this 22-drawing run, the lotteries generated more than $300 million in profits for those programs."

In addition to the two jackpot-winning tickets, there were 20 $1 million winners, and a huge number of tickets won lesser prizes, so players are encouraged to check their tickets.

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