Kansas Mega Millions Winner Staying Anonymous

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas winner of a share of last week's record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot has claimed their prize, but has decided to remain anonymous.

Kansas Lottery officials say that the winner is a frequent lottery player who told them that they are looking forward to retiring soon, and that they had no idea that they had actually won until Monday.

Two other people also won a share of the jackpot - one in Illinois and another in Maryland.

Dennis Wilson, executive director of the Kansas Lottery, says that the winner had received good legal and financial advice by the time they came forward to claim the cash option - worth $110 million after taxes.

"We all must understand that these kinds of winners need time to digest things," said Wilson.  "They were still just in awe that they won.  They're all like us. They think of the possibility of winning but they never think it will happen to them."

Kansas Lottery officials say that the winning ticket was purchased at a Casey's convenience store in Ottawa, which collected a $10,000 check for selling the winning ticket.

The state of Kansas was another big winner, collecting around $8 million in income tax.

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