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Red Bud store that sold winning Mega Millions ticket gets its own big prize

Red Bud store that sold winning Mega Millions ticket gets its own big prize

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RED BUD • The Illinois winner of last week's jaw-dropping Mega Millions jackpot remains mum, but the owner and employees of the MotoMart that sold the lucky ticket received their own payout today.

At the gas station this morning, Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones presented two checks to Rob Forsyth, president of Belleville-based FKG Oil that owns the MotoMart, and to Denise Metzger, the store's manager.

FKG received $500,000 for selling the ticket. The company will give $50,000 to the MotoMart's nine employees to split between them.

Metzger said she was thrilled to share the money with her coworkers.

"They are such a great bunch of people that I'm happy just to work with them," she said.

Three winning tickets were sold in last Friday's record jackpot of $656 million. The other two tickets were sold in Maryland and Kansas.

Each winning ticket is worth about $219 million. It's the largest payout in Illinois Lottery history.

The morning presentation drew about two dozen residents to the shop at 900 South Main Street and as many journalists covering the event.

"I'm thankful we sold the winning ticket, and hopefully the winner lives right in town," Forsyth said.

He added that anyone who comes to the Red Bud store today would receive one free $1 scratch-off lottery ticket. Forsyth also offered everyone attending the ceremony one free drink at The Office, a tavern in Red Bud.

Jones said the person who bought the ticket in Red Bud still hasn't come forward.

"I hope that person is talking to his professional advisers," Jones said.

The holder of the winning ticket in Maryland has 182 days to come forward and claim the prize, lottery officials have said. Winners in Kansas and Illinois have up to one year; but if the Illinois winner wants to be paid in a lump sum of $110 million, he or she must come forward within 60 days.

Editor's Note: This story was updated to reflect the revised, final total for Friday's jackpot.


Joel Currier covers breaking news for and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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