3 Mega Millions winners step forward

by Nickalas Tabbert

Winners of the record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot are turning up one-by-one, but the guessing game over just who the new multimillionaires are goes on, USA Today.

The owners of the ticket bought in Maryland came forward Monday and turned out to be two public school teachers and an administrative employee.  The trio- a man in his 40s, a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 50s calling themselves "The Three Amigos" – chose to be unidentified.  They said they plan to keep working.

They were photographed with their faces covered by a check for $218.6 million, their portion of the $656 million jackpot.

"They were modest, and humbled," Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino said Tuesday.  "These are precisely the people you want to see win the lottery."

Winning tickets were also sold in Kansas and Illinois.  The Kansas ticketholder chose to keep his identify secret.  Most states don't allow that, USA Today said.

In Illinois, no one has claimed the prize.  Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones said identifying winners ensures the process is open and shows winners are chosen randomly.

Staying anonymous is smart, said Andrew Stoltmann, an attorney who has worked with lottery winners.  Those wo don't "have to change your phone number, maybe even get a new address, and get your team in place and prepare for an all-out avalanche of long-lost relatives, quote-unquote friends, charities and others beating down the door," he said.