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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Butler and his wife Patricia get a look at an oversized check of their winnings in the Mega Millions Quick Pick during a press conference in Red Bud, Illinois on April 18, 2012.
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.
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.)