Mega Millions 'Winners' Just Dreaming: Officials
None of the 3 winners have contacted lottery officials
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2012 1:38 AM CDT
Updated Apr 3, 2012 2:10 AM CDT
A man buys a lottery ticket next to an advertising board showing the record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot at a liquor store in Washington.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Despite the rumors flying in Maryland, Kansas, and Illinois, none of the three Mega Millions winners have come forward to officials, and people claiming to have won are probably just fantasists, say lottery administrators. The winners who will share the $656 million prize might not contact the lottery for days or weeks, officials tell ABC. Kansas and Maryland will allow the new multi-millionaire to remain anonymous, but Illinois will identify its winner.

Officials in Maryland say they are very skeptical of the story of a woman who claims to have a winning ticket. "Based on what has happened in the past, most people need a second to breathe, and then seek counseling or advice," says the lottery's communication director. "It would be highly unusual for someone to go get this out to the newspaper before coming to us. I'd be surprised."