The lifelong residents of Red Bud discovered they had won the night of the drawing with a $3 quickpick ticket. They watched the numbers be read on the news and Merle Butler, 65, jotted down the numbers on a pad. He went to his wallet to get the tickets and immediately noticed he had the Mega Ball number.
“I thought, ‘I might win something,” Merle Butler said at the news conference. “The further I went, the more they matched. After I looked at it for a couple of minutes, I turned to my wife and said, ‘We won.'”
The couple has met with financial advisers to figure out the best way to manage the money but has no current plans of how to spend it.
Patricia, 62, said figuring out what to do with the money has been a full-time job. “It keeps you busy going back and forth. And we still have babysitting things to do. We’ve been hardly here at home.”
Now the question remains as to who owns the other two winning tickets. Located somewhere in Kansas and Maryland, those winners have chosen to remain anonymous; and those states, unlike Illinois, don’t compel lottery winners to show their names.