Mega Millions

Mega Millions / Illinois
10:29 am
Wed April 18, 2012

We have the winners! Red Bud, Ill. couple claims share of $656M Mega Millions jackpot

Merle Butler shows off his winning Mega Millions Quick Pick ticket that netted him nearly $111 million (after taxes) during a press conference in Red Bud, Ill. on April 18, 2012. Butler is a retired computer analyist from Red Bud.
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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 $111 million after taxes.

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.

Morning round-up
6:36 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Mo. National Guardsmen safe after insurgent attack

All 55 members of a Missouri National Guard agriculture team are safe following an insurgent attack on the forward operating base where they are stationed in Afghanistan.

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Mega Millions/Education
12:31 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Nixon: Mega Millions sales spike prompts $6.7M boost to education funding

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Updated 1:08 p.m. with additional information on scholarship funding restoration.

Though no one in Missouri was lucky enough to cash in on the Mega Millions jackpot, Missouri educators and students may benefit from the spike in sales of lottery tickets while the jackpot achieved its record-setting amount.

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Mega Millions / Illinois
4:08 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Ill. schools get over $30M from record lottery sales

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Last week's record Mega Millions drawing made a winner of Illinois schools, too.

WBBM Radio reports that record Illinois lottery sales in the past nine weeks pumped $31.5 million into the fund devoted to public schools.

Lottery officials say that's mostly because of the multistate Mega Millions game that reached an all-time high $656 million before producing three main winners in a drawing Friday.

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Mega Millions Mania: What if you win? Then what do you do?

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Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 11:27 am

Everybody, it seems, is talking about tonight's Mega Millions lottery drawing because the jackpot's up to a record $640 million. (Update at 12:15 p.m. ET: Officials just increased the estimated jackpot, which began today at an already record $540 million.)

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