Mega Millions Lottery Winners Merle and Paricia Butler Claim $218 Million


In Red Bud, Illinois, a retired couple, Merle and Pat Butler, have claimed the final share of the March 3, 2012 $656 million Mega Millions lottery.

The Butlers claimed their check for $218.6 million, before taxes, at the Red Bud Village Hall. The winning ticket was sold at a nearby Motomart in the town of 6,000 people.

Merle Butler said that he was watching TV when he heard the result of the drawing and told his wife, Pat, "We won."

"She kind of looked at me funny, and I said, 'no we won,' and she started giggling. She giggled for about 4 hours, I think" Merle recalled. "We spent the rest of the night going down to our computer to check the news and see how many winners there were."

Merle says the couple has a "real good set of financial advisors" and waited three weeks to get their plans in order first.

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