Kansas Mega Millions winner collects cheque for $110.5M
The world-record $656-million Mega Millions jackpot found a winner Friday in Kansas, but two-thirds of the winnings have yet to be claimed a full week after the lottery was drawn.
Kansas lottery chief Dennis Wilson said his state’s winner turned up at his offices in Topeka shortly before noon with a lawyer and financial officer in tow and a request to stay out of the headlines.
“We were so thrilled to meet with the winner earlier today and welcome the winner to the Kansas millionaire family,” Wilson said.
“Even though the winner has elected to remain anonymous, there is great reason for celebration across the state.”
Careful not to disclose the winner’s age, hometown or even gender, wilson said he or she had opted for a single cheque for $110.5 million — a third of the jackpot minus taxes — in lieu of 26 yearly instalments. Tickets with the winning combination of 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 plus Mega Ball 23 — drawn last Friday — were sold in Illinois, Kansas and maryland amid a nun precedented nationwide lottery-buying frenzy.
Wilson said the winner, a regular lottery player, was unaware of his or her Mega Millions windfall before checking the ticket number on Monday.