Last week, millions of Americans anxiously waited to see if they would be the lucky ones to be Mega Millions rich. Now, everyone is holding their breath to find out who were the fortunate ones to win the prize.
No one has come forward – just yet – to claim their cut of the Mega Millions lottery ticket. So maybe you still have a chance. (Or maybe not.)
Three winners who bought tickets in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland will split the $656 million drawing (lottery officials increased the prize after sales from 44 states lotteries were tallied.) The new multi-millionaires can either receive 26 yearly installments of $218.6 million or a one-time lump sum of $218 million.
The three tickets matched all six numbers: 2-4-23-38-46 and had the Mega Ball 23.
Winners in all three states have several months — in the case of Kansas, a year — to claim the prize. Both Maryland and Kansas allow winners to remain anonymous, though the winner in Illinois will be identified. That means when the winners do come forward, we’ll know the identity of at least of them.
In Maryland, the New York Post reported Monday that a McDonald's employee claimed to hold the winning ticket and planned to contact lottery officials Monday. But lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett said no one had come forward with the ticket sold at a 7-Eleven store in Milford Mill outside Baltimore.
The winning ticket in Illinois was sold at a convenience store in the small town of Red Bud, south of St. Louis. Kansas officials had not yet revealed the store where that state's winning ticket was purchased.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.