NBC's Amy Robach travels to the Moto Mart in Red Bud, Ill., where one of the winning Mega Millions jackpot tickets was sold. The winner has yet to come forward.
The winning Mega Millions ticket and its mystery holder are the talk of Red Bud, Ill., as the town's 3,700 residents speculate about the would-be millionaire's identity.
Denise Metzger, manager of the local Moto Mart convenience store, which sold the winning ticket, says she has no idea who the lucky winner is.
"I heard a lot of darn it, was it me? Or darn it, I forgot to get my ticket. Of course the language is a little more colorful than that," Metzger told NBC News.
Area residents speculated about the mystery winner's identity.
"If I won that much money, I wouldn't be telling everybody," Tina La Chance, an area resident, told NBC News. "You'll have more friends than you ever knew you had."
Three lottery tickets sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland hit the record-breaking $640 million jackpot. Each winning ticket was expected to be worth more than $213 million before taxes.
A second winning ticket was purchased in Kansas. Over the weekend, lottery officials revealed the sale took place in one of the state's 21 northeastern counties. Kansas law allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.
In Maryland, the winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Milford Mill, near Baltimore. Maryland does not require lottery winners to be publicly identified; the Mega Millions winner can claim the prize anonymously.
But Mirlande Wilson, 37, came forward Sunday and told the New York Post she had bought the winning ticket in Maryland.
Wilson and her co-workers at a Baltimore-area McDonald's restaurant pooled their cash to buy tickets, but, according to the Post, the woman claims she won with a ticket she bought for herself and has no intention of sharing.
“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself," Wilson, a single mother of seven, told the newspaper. "[The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan."
“She can’ t do this to us!” Suleiman Osman Husein, a shift manager and one of 15 members in the pool, told the Post. “We each paid $5. She took everybody’s money!”
The woman refused to show the alleged winning ticket, saying she would present it to lottery officials Monday. But a clerk at the 7-Eleven where Wilson bought tickets said lottery officials who reviewed the store’s video believe a man bought the winning ticket, the Post reported.
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