Kansas Mega Winner Claims $158M Ticket

Mega Millions ticket is claimed for nearly $158M
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2012 4:47 PM CDT
A sign displays of the $640 Mega Millions jackpot at Liquorland on March 30, 2012, in Covina, Calif.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A lucky Kansas resident today reaped the benefit of pure dumb luck: $157.9 million, or $110 million after taxes, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. The anonymous Mega Millions winner buys lottery tickets "quite often," says the Kansas Lottery's executive director, but picked up only one Mega ticket that day. And the ticket "was very secure" when the winner showed up to claim his or her millions. “This person looks forward to retirement." (See the latest on Mirlande Wilson, the Baltimore woman who says she lost her winning ticket.)

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