PHOTOS- Merle and Patricia Butler: Illinois Mega Million Winners

Early this week we heard the last winners of the $640 Mega Million jackpot. While the three teachers’ identity was not revealed the identify of the winning coupe would be revealed at a conference on Wednesday, and so the Illinois Mega Million winner getting $218.6 million are Merle and Patricia Butler!!!

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62 year-old Patricia Butler and her 65 year-old husband Merle Butler from the 3,700-resident farming community of Red Bull, Illinois located about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis drove to a Moto Mart convenience store on March 30th, where they bought $3 quick-pick ticket, that would eventually granted them $158 million after taxes.

Mr. Merle Butler a retired program analyst for Edward Jones, couldn’t believe he was holding the ticket with the winning numbers as he watched the drawing at the 10:00 p.m newscast.

“The first thing I spotted was I had the [Mega Ball, final number] and thought ‘Good I’m going to win something anyway,’ “ Butler said.

“Then I started on the numbers 2, 4, and the further I went the more they matched. After I looked at it for a couple minutes, I turned to my wife, who was right there with me, and (I said) ‘We won.’ She kind of looked at me funny, and I said, ‘No, we won.’

As for his beloved wife Patricia /butler’s reaction, Merle said it took a couple of hours to stop the giggling..

“She started giggling and she giggled for about four hours, I think.”

Merle Butler kept the winning ticket at a lock box in the bank until this week, they along the winners at Maryland and Kansas are the shareholders of the $656 Mega million Jackpot. Congratulations!!!!!

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