Retired Illinois Couple Claims Mega Millions Jackpot Share

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A retired southern Illinois couple has claimed the third and final share of last month's record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot.

Illinois Lottery officials introduced Merle and Patricia Butler at a ceremony in their hometown of Red Bud, where they bought the winning ticket for the March 30 drawing.

The retired analysts chose to accept the prize as a lump-sum payment of $158 million after taxes.

There are the only one of the three winners whose names have been made public. Holders of the other tickets in Kansas and Maryland anonymously claimed their prizes.

They bought a $3 quick-pick ticket at the MotoMart convenience store in Red Bud, which is about 40 miles southeast of St. Louis.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The mystery about who won the third and final share of the record $656-million Mega Millions jackpot nearly three weeks ago is about to end in southern Illinois.

The Illinois Lottery says it planned to reveal the third winner of the March 30 drawing during a news conference Wednesday at the village hall in tiny Red Bud.

That ticket was bought at a MotoMart convenience store in the 3,700-resident farming community.

The other two winning tickets already have been anonymously claimed in Maryland and Kansas, with each stake worth $218.6

Illinois Lottery officials say the holder of the Red Bud ticket is a single winner, but they haven't been more specific.

Red Bud is about 40 miles southeast of St. Louis.

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