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A Mega Millions lottery contestant buys his ticket for Friday's $500-million game at a corner newsstand in New York, Thursday, March 29, 2012. Forget setting up a charity or establishing a trust, the winner of the $500 million Mega Millions jackpot could save teachers' jobs or help pay for Medicaid-funded doctor appointments in their home state just by paying taxes. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A Mega Millions lottery contestant buys his ticket for Friday's $500-million game at a corner newsstand in New York, Thursday, March 29, 2012. Forget setting up a charity or establishing a trust, the winner of the $500 million Mega Millions jackpot could save teachers' jobs or help pay for Medicaid-funded doctor appointments in their home state just by paying taxes. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Retired couple claim Mega Millions share

April 18, 2012

A retired southern Illinois couple has claimed the third and final share of last month's record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. Illinois Lottery officials introduced Merle and Patricia Butler on Apr. 18 at a ceremony in their hometown of Red Bud, where they bought the winning ticket for the Mar. 30 drawing.