Archive for Saturday, March 31, 2012

Holder of winning Kansas ticket hasn’t come forward

March 31, 2012, 9:49 a.m. Updated March 31, 2012, 11:31 p.m.


— Someone who bought a golden Mega Millions ticket in northeast Kansas is now the state’s all-time jackpot winner, but lottery officials said Saturday that the person hadn’t come forward to claim a share of the $640 million prize.

“We sure want to meet the winner, but we want to tell them, sign the back of the ticket and secure it,” Dennis Wilson, the state’s lottery executive director, said during a news conference at its Topeka headquarters.

Winning tickets also were sold in Illinois and Maryland, so the Kansas ticket is worth about $213 million. The Kansas winner can take a single cash payment estimated at about $154 million.

The Kansas store that sold the ticket will get a bonus of $10,000 from the state lottery. Federal and state governments will get a small windfall in taxes, too, and lottery officials said the share for Kansas will be 5 percent, or roughly $7.7 million.

Kansas lottery ticket sales shot up thanks to the promise of a big prize. Officials estimated 3.4 million tickets were sold at the 1,850 stores offering the lottery in the three days before the drawing, with sales averaging 3,500 a minute leading up to the drawing.

The largest previous jackpot for Kansas was almost $97 million in the multistate Powerball game. It was won in November 2009 by Donald Damon, a 70-year-old retired truck driver from Great Bend, who claimed it within two days of the drawing.

Kansas law allows winners to wait up to a year to claim a prize — and remain anonymous. Wilson acknowledged that the Mega Millions winner could try to avoid being identified but said lottery officials will encourage that person to go public, so that there can be a public celebration.

But Wilson also said the person holding the ticket should secure both financial and legal help before contacting the lottery. Winners must come either to the lottery’s Topeka headquarters or its office in Great Bend to claim a prize of $600 or more.

“I would say that a lot of people are sleeping in,” Wilson said. “Hopefully, again, they’re seeking good advice before they come forward.”

Lottery officials said that while its security team may be aware of which store sold the ticket, they don’t expect to identify it or its home community until the winner comes forward. Officials said only that the winning ticket was sold in one of 21 northeast Kansas counties.


overthemoon 6 years, 2 months ago

Yes you will. One of these days you'll realize he's working for you and your life and you pile of pennies will be the better for it. Or you'll never realize it and be all mad and sad for no reason. BTW, have you noticed how well the stock market is doing?

BigAl 6 years, 2 months ago

The economy is improving, the stock market is way up, real estate is coming back. My family is much better off now than 4 years ago. Based off of Ronald Reagan, Republicans, Fox News and their goal for voters, it should be Obama in a landslide.

akuna 6 years, 2 months ago

Blame the government for everything. How about taking care of your own business and stop complaining?

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 2 months ago

If the GOP had the White House, you wouldn't have the 3...

Jimo 6 years, 2 months ago

"....said the last time a ticket from the state won a major national jackpot was in 2008, when a ticket sold for $24 million."

Doesn't that really point to the problem with these things? They're far too focused on a one in a trillion chance of winning so much money you're likely to end up miserable rather than focusing on allowing many people win modest sums ($1M) where their luck might actually be a human-scale blessing.

640 people winning $1M would have made for a wonderful news story. Heck, it probably could have been turned into a reality-tv series.

parrothead8 6 years, 2 months ago

True, but then someone would accuse the lottery of being Socialist.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 2 months ago

The lottery is not a charity, it's a business. The bigger the jackpot, the more attention it gets, and the more people pay. This most recent one brought in $1.5 billion in ticket sales for a $640 million in liabilities...big profit.

Matt O'Reilly 6 years, 2 months ago

More than $640 million in liabilities-don't forget about all the runner-up tickets worth $3 or $7 or $100. Still, I'm sure they turned a nice profit.

kernal 6 years, 2 months ago

Too much money. Windfalls like this complicate lives, so no thank you.

John Hamm 6 years, 2 months ago

It is better to have money and not need it than to need money and not have it quotation from about half the Earth's population.

eljakeo 6 years, 2 months ago

It never would have raised that much if the possible jackpot was $1 million, because people are idiots and will buy 100 tickets for a 1 in 170 million chance at an obscene amount of money, but most wouldn't bother with a 1 in 10 million chance of winning a more reasonable amount. So, while your idea is nice in theory, human nature wouldn't let it work that way.

RibMan 6 years, 2 months ago

"People are idiots."

So, assuming you are a person, why should we pay any attention to you?

CreatureComforts 6 years, 2 months ago

Ah come on. What's $1. $1 for entertainment...for fun...for a few hours of "oh man, what would I do if..."

I am no gambler, and I barely ever buy lotto tickets, but I did for this one. Spending $1 (well, I bought to, so $2) for a day or two of dreaming doesn't mean I am stupid.

Liberty275 6 years, 2 months ago

3 more bucks world have gotten you a latte from Z's. And you could have watched the pretty girls make it.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 2 months ago

No thanks. Not a coffee fan in any way, let alone for $5. I'll take the chances spending $2 on a chance at half-a-billion any day.

riverdrifter 6 years, 2 months ago

A poor person from Overland Park is the NE Kansas winner.

CreatureComforts 6 years, 2 months ago

Yeah I'd love to see the people who "never play" plop down a $1 and magically win...and then say "I was in idiot for playing the lottery".

Enlightenment 6 years, 2 months ago

The $7.7 million from taxes should help balance the state budget. Wonder if Brownback will claim it to be divine intervention?

James Minor 6 years, 2 months ago

Someone buys a $1 lottery ticket wins +$100M, then buys a great seat at KU BBall and Football games. The Jayhawks go to national championship games and that person is there to witness it live. They don't have to worry about bills and life is good. The Horror The Horror.

Nikki May 6 years, 2 months ago

I wish they would announce their winning. I need to find out who to bother for a loan. OH, that's probably part of the issue. I didn't play, but I don't think I would tell people if I won. At least not right away.

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