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December 19, 2013

Ga. woman claims 1 of 2 winning lottery tickets

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Curry’s house is just a few miles from the park. A man who answered the door at her home in a suburban neighborhood of brick and stucco houses with manicured lawns also said the family did not want to speak. The two-story home had a two-car garage and a basketball hoop.

The ticket was sold at the Gateway Newsstand in the Alliance Center building, which is home to a variety of offices, including lawyers, financial services professionals and even the Brazilian Consulate General.

The newsstand is a small, narrow shop with one register. It can hold about 10 people at a time and it is located near the lobby.

Young Soo Lee owns the store with her husband, Young Lee. She grinned as she arrived Wednesday morning.

“I’m so excited and so happy now,” Young Soo Lee said. “I love my store and the customer.”

Earlier media reports indicated the couple would receive a bonus for selling a winning ticket, but Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick clarified that’s not the case.

“They do have the distinction of being known as the lucky store now, and that’s always great news for them,” Reddick said.

The California store owner — Thuy Nguyen of Jennifer’s Gift Shop in San Jose — will get $1 million, lottery officials there said.

Nguyen told KNTV he doesn’t know who the bought the winning ticket at his store, which sits along San Jose’s tree-lined Tully Road, amid a cluster of Asian restaurants. But it’s likely someone he knows because most of his customers are his friends.

“I feel good! I don’t even know, I can’t sleep,” Nguyen told the station.

The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and Mega Ball 7.

The jackpot started its ascent Oct. 4. Twenty-two draws came and went without winners.

Some $336 million in tickets were sold for Tuesday’s drawing.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase the jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. That means the chances of winning the jackpot are now about 1 in 259 million. It used to be about 1 in 176 million, nearly the same odds of winning a Powerball jackpot.

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