11:57 a.m. CDT March 31, 2012
The Illinois Lottery says a grand prize Mega Millions winning ticket was sold at a store in Red Bud, Ill., southeast of St. Louis.
This winner, who won with a quick pick ticket according to Illinois lottery officials, is the largest lottery winner in Illinois history at $213.3 million, according to the Illinois Lottery. Red Bud is a community of about 3,700 in Randolph County in southwestern Illinois.
The person who bought the winning ticket at the Moto Mart in Red Bud hasn’t been publicly identified yet, but speculation is running wild, said Denise Metzger, the manager of the gas station and convenience store.
“Everybody’s got their guess,” said Metzger, who spent her morning talking to media outlets including the “Today” show and the BBC. “They’re all kind of watching who’s having a party, checking out who’s having a party in town today.”
Metzger estimated that a third of the town’s residents had stopped by the store this morning.
“The energy here has just been unbelievable,” she said. “Everybody is just really hyped up about this.”
Metzger said the town welcomed the attention, but she hopes the winner was one of the store’s regulars.
“I just think it’s fabulous that it’s happened somewhere small like Red Bud,” she said. “It”s a great boost for this community. I just hope we sold that ticket to that loyal customer who came in and got coffee every day.”
Local paramedic Dan Parrott walked away from the Red Bud store with only $5 in winnings after checking his $40 worth of tickets, not enough for that new house, new car and the new ambulances he’d decided would help him spend the jackpot.
“I’d love to have all that money, but with all of that money comes responsibility,” he said outside the store. “But it’d still be awesome.”
The total $640 million jackpot, largest in the 42-state game’s history, was split among winning tickets in Illinois, Maryland and Kansas, according to the Associated Press.
The winning numbers were 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and Mega Ball 23.
Twelve second-place tickets were sold in Illinois last night, matching five numbers for $250,000. One ticket had the “Megaplier” feature, upping the prize to $1 million, the agency said.
The $1 million ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven at 1750 West Foster Avenue in Chicago, and other second-place tickets were sold at DM Stores at 222 North LaSalle Street in Chicago, AG 26th Inc. at 3201 W. 26th Street in Chicago, a Jewel on Eola Road in Aurora, a 7-Eleven on Barrington Road in Streamwood, a BP Fast n Fresh on Monee Road in Monee, and stores in East Peoria, Granite City, Minooka, Rochelle, DeKalb, and Rockford.
The estimated jackpot dwarfs the previous $390 million record, which was split in 2007 by two winners who bought tickets in Georgia and New Jersey.
Americans spent nearly $1.5 billion for a chance to hit the jackpot, which amounts to a $462 million lump sum and around $347 million after federal tax withholding. With the jackpot odds at 1 in 176 million, it would cost $176 million to buy up every combination. Under that scenario, the strategy would win $171 million less if your state also withholds taxes.
In Maryland, television cameras were descending on the 7-Eleven in Baltimore Countywhere the state’s winning ticket was purchased. The harried manager could only repeatedly say “No interviews” to the reporters pressing for details, and customers pushed through the media crush for their morning coffee on Saturday.
Nyeri Murphy, holding two scratch-off tickets, said she normally plays Powerball but drove to neighboring Harford County to buy $70 worth of Mega Millions tickets this week. “I should have bought them here,” she said.
None of Jackie Williams’ tickets won, either, but she said it was “fabulous” that a winning ticket was sold near Baltimore city.
“It’s like a small town,” she said. “I’ll bet I’ll know someone who knows the winner.”
Maryland does not require lottery winners to be identified; the Mega Millions winner can claim the prize anonymously. The store will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, which was purchased Friday night.
The third winning ticket was purchased in northeast Kansas, but no other information would be released by the Kansas Lottery until the winner comes forward, spokeswoman Cara S. Sloan-Ramos said.
No winner had contacted the agency by Saturday morning, Kansas Lottery Director Dennis Wilson said. “Hopefully they’re seeking good advice before coming in,” he said.
Kansas law also allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, though lottery winners in Illinois are identified.
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E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
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