Mega Millions http://news.stlpublicradio.org en We have the winners! Red Bud, Ill. couple claims share of $656M Mega Millions jackpot http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/we-have-winners-red-bud-ill-couple-claims-share-656m-mega-millions-jackpot <p>A retired southern Illinois couple has&nbsp;claimed the third and final share of last month&#39;s record $656&nbsp;million Mega Millions jackpot.</p><p>Illinois Lottery officials introduced Merle and Patricia Butler&nbsp;at a ceremony in their hometown of Red Bud, where they bought the&nbsp;winning ticket for the March 30 drawing.</p><p>The retired analysts chose to accept the prize as a lump-sum&nbsp;payment of $111 million after taxes.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:29:42 +0000 The Associated Press 3516 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org We have the winners! Red Bud, Ill. couple claims share of $656M Mega Millions jackpot Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-april-17-2012 <p><strong>Mo. National Guardsmen safe after insurgent attack</strong></p><p>All 55 members of a Missouri National Guard agriculture team are safe following <a href="http://www.dvidshub.net/news/86776/isaf-forces-repel-failed-suicide-attack-fob-finley-shields-rc-east-pao#.T41SYtlDR3p">an insurgent attack</a> on the forward operating base where they are stationed in Afghanistan.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:36:12 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 3501 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Nixon: Mega Millions sales spike prompts $6.7M boost to education funding http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-mega-millions-sales-spike-prompts-67m-boost-education-funding <p><strong>Updated 1:08 p.m. </strong><em>with additional information on scholarship funding restoration.</em></p><p>Though no one in Missouri was lucky enough to cash in on <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mega-millions-mania-what-if-you-win-then-what-do-you-do">the Mega Millions jackpot</a>, Missouri educators and students may benefit from the spike in sales of lottery tickets while the jackpot achieved its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/02/149834694/mega-millions-mystery-who-won">record-setting</a> amount.</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:31:02 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 3460 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon: Mega Millions sales spike prompts $6.7M boost to education funding Ill. schools get over $30M from record lottery sales http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-schools-get-over-30m-record-lottery-sales <p>Last week&#39;s record Mega Millions&nbsp;drawing made a winner of Illinois schools, too.</p><p><a href="http://cbsloc.al/HaVI2O">WBBM Radio reports</a>&nbsp;that record&nbsp;Illinois lottery sales in the past nine weeks pumped $31.5 million&nbsp;into the fund devoted to public schools.</p><p>Lottery officials say that&#39;s mostly because of the multistate&nbsp;Mega Millions game that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/02/149834694/mega-millions-mystery-who-won">reached an all-time high $656 million</a>&nbsp;before producing three main winners in a drawing Friday.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 21:08:55 +0000 The Associated Press 3410 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. schools get over $30M from record lottery sales Mega Millions Mania: What if you win? Then what do you do? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mega-millions-mania-what-if-you-win-then-what-do-you-do Everybody, it seems, is talking about tonight's <a href="http://www.megamillions.com/mcenter/pressrelease.asp?newsID=4AA5E778-C8B7-48AF-A9B8-201E11810209" target="_blank">Mega Millions lottery</a> drawing because the jackpot's up to a record $640 million. (<strong>Update at 12:15 p.m. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:51:48 +0000 Mark Memmott 3393 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mega Millions Mania: What if you win? Then what do you do?