A Mega Millions Winner has come forward to claim a share of the largest jackpot in history, but chose to stay anonymous.
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A lucky Kansan has come forward to claim their share of the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot from March 30.
Kansas lottery officials celebrated the local winner who chose to remain anonymous by presenting a giant check made in the amount of "$218,000,000 est." to a cardboard figure. Officials say it's the largest jackpot in world history as well as largest cash prize in Kansas history.
"They took the cash option," Executive Director Dennis Wilson said at a press conference at the Kansas Lottery's Topeka headquarters.
The single-ticket holder bought that life-changing ticket at a Casey's General Store on 940 N. Main Street in the small town of Ottawa, 40 miles southeast of Topeka,
It was one of three winning tickets in nationwide. The winners of the tickets sold in Illinois and Maryland have not come forward.
Split three ways and after taxes, the newly minted Kansas millionaire still takes home a whopping 110 million dollars.
The winner called the Lottery Friday morning after having checked his or her ticket on Monday.
"They made the claim at 11:45 am today in Topeka. The person had good legal counsel, good financial advisors and the person looks forward to retirement," Wilson announced.
While lotto fever gripped the nation immediately before and after the historic drawing, the winner didn't find out until this week.
Wilson said he can't reveal much about that Ottawa winner, except that he or she was in awe.
"They checked it over ten times to make sure that they were reading it right, to verify it. And still had a hard time believing it," he said.
Casey's General Store, where the winning ticket was sold, also won with a bonus prize of $10,000 dollars.