|Mega Millions Winning Lottery Ticket Remains Unclaimed|
A winning ticket from the world’s largest lottery draw, the US-based Mega Millions, remains unclaimed and is valued at a share of $656 million (£410 million).
The lucky winner bought their ticket in Kansas but it is not known whether the winner is aware of the fact that their ticket has won them a share of the multi-million dollar prize pool.
Kansas Lottery Director Dennis Wilson said "We sure want to meet the winner, but we want to tell them, sign the back of the ticket and secure it."
Two other winners of the lottery prize pool have claimed their winning tickets. They come from Illinois and Maryland. The Illinois ticket was bought at a MotoMart store in the town of Red Bud which has a population of 3,640. It was a “quick pick” selection ticket and, due to state lottery law, the winner will be presented to the public without the option of remaining anonymous.
As part of state law, the MotoMart store also receives a bonus for supplying the winning ticket. This bonus is to the value of $500,000 (£312,000). Store manager Denise Metzger said "All day yesterday I was selling tickets and I was hoping someone from Red Bud would win. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this. I'm just tickled pink."
The Maryland ticket was purchased in the town of Milford in Baltimore County. It was bought at a 7/11 store. The winner will be allowed to keep their anonymity should they choose to do so.
Maryland’s Lottery Director Stephen Martino stated "It was a quick pick, and there was only one ticket purchased by the player at that time."
The winning numbers for the Mega Millions draw that was made at 11pm on Friday night were 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 and a Mega Ball of 23. It is thought that over $1.5 billion (£937 million) was spent on tickets by members of the public across the US.
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