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Updated: 12/18/2013 3:12 pm
(NBC News) -- Georgia lottery officials said Wednesday that a winner has come forward to claim a share of the $648 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest in American history.

Ira Curry, 56,  of Stone Mountain will take home nearly $173 million.

Winning tickets were sold at an office-building newsstand in Atlanta and at a shop in San Jose, Calif.

Fortunes were very different, meanwhile, for the sellers of the two winning tickets in Tuesday night's drawing.

Because of differing lottery rules in their two states, one gets $1 million, while the other has to settle for publicity.

For selling a lucky ticket at his store, Jenny's Gift & Kids Wear in San Jose, owner Thuy Nguyen will get a $1 million bonus.

California lottery rules provide a retailer bonus of 0.5 percent of the prize, up to $1 million, a spokesman said.

-- Jay Gray, NBC News, reports

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