Retired Ill. couple claims share of $656M jackpot
Published 10:37 am Wednesday, April 18, 2012
RED BUD, Ill. — 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.
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They 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.