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Who won Mega Millions' biggest ever lottery jackpot?

With all the excitement surrounding the 2 ticket-holders who’ve just won the biggest Powerball lottery jackpot ever of $580m, we thought we’d take a look back at the winners of Mega Millions’ largest lottery jackpot.

Earlier this year in March, the Mega Millions’ lottery jackpot of $656 million attracted a huge amount of interest and the American nation bought lottery tickets by the shed-loads.

Only 3 tickets matched the lottery results of 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and Megaball 23 to scoop the much coveted lottery jackpot.  1 ticket belonged to Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Illinois, and 1 belonged to 3 teachers in Milford Mill, Maryland, who coined the nickname The Three Amigos.  The owner or owners of the 3rd winning Mega Millions ticket chose to remain anonymous, but we know that they are from Ottawa, Kansas.

The Butlers won $218.6m of the $656m lotto jackpot, however after taxes received a lump sum of nearly $111 million.

Lottery winner Patricia Butler said: "Winning this amount of money is a major responsibility, one we take seriously and will figure out step-by-step as we go along.  I'm sure we will be using part of the winnings to do some real good; we just don't know yet how that might manifest itself."

One man and two women make up The Three Amigos who also won $218.6m.  They chose to take their lotto winnings as a cash lump sum of $158m.  This amounted to $105m after taxes, and they each received just over $35m.

When asked how they planned to enjoy their lottery winnings, the man said: “I’m going to help my children with their college expenses, pay off my house and buy a house for my sister.” One of the women said: “I plan on backpacking through Europe with my brother.” The other woman commented: “I’m going to go to Italy’s wine country.  Most importantly we’re going to be careful with how the money is spent.  I watched coverage of the jackpot win on television all week, just so I could listen to the financial advice the professionals were offering.”

The next lucky winner could be you… you can easily buy your Mega Millions lottery tickets online at Lottery24.com.

News, 18 Dec 2012
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