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              Brianwa Flores, left, and Katie Cosentino from Illinois State Lottery greet hockey fans before Game 2 of an NHL hockey playoff Western Conference semifinal between the Detroit Red Wings

    Brianwa Flores, left, and Katie Cosentino from Illinois State Lottery greet hockey fans before Game 2 of an NHL hockey playoff Western Conference semifinal between the Detroit Red Wings

    Posted: 5/18/2013 2:58:03 PM EST
    Brianwa Flores, left, and Katie Cosentino from Illinois State Lottery greet hockey fans before Game 2 of an NHL hockey playoff Western Conference semifinal between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Saturday, May 18, 2013. A little more than a year after three tickets split a world-record lottery prize, the jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing was nearing historic territory. Should nobody pick the correct six numbers, the prize money will roll over to next week's drawing and almost certainly eclipse the $656 million doled out to winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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              A Powerball lottery ticket is printed out of a lottery machine at a convenience store in Chicago on Saturday, May 18, 2013. A little more than a year after three tickets split a world-r

    A Powerball lottery ticket is printed out of a lottery machine at a convenience store in Chicago on Saturday, May 18, 2013. A little more than a year after three tickets split a world-r

    Posted: 5/18/2013 10:59:58 AM EST
    A Powerball lottery ticket is printed out of a lottery machine at a convenience store in Chicago on Saturday, May 18, 2013. A little more than a year after three tickets split a world-record lottery prize, the jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing was nearing historic territory. Should nobody pick the correct six numbers, the prize money will roll over to next week's drawing and almost certainly eclipse the $656 million doled out to winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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              A customer, right, waits for his Powerball lottery ticket at a convenience store in Chicago on Saturday, May 18, 2013. A little more than a year after three tickets split a world-record

    A customer, right, waits for his Powerball lottery ticket at a convenience store in Chicago on Saturday, May 18, 2013. A little more than a year after three tickets split a world-record

    Posted: 5/18/2013 10:59:57 AM EST
    A customer, right, waits for his Powerball lottery ticket at a convenience store in Chicago on Saturday, May 18, 2013. A little more than a year after three tickets split a world-record lottery prize, the jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing was nearing historic territory. Should nobody pick the correct six numbers, the prize money will roll over to next week's drawing and almost certainly eclipse the $656 million doled out to winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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              FILE - In this March 31, 2011 file photo, co-workers, from left: Leon Peck; Kristin Baldwin; Mike Barth; New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega; Tracy Sussman; John Kutey; Gabrielle Mahar, and

    FILE - In this March 31, 2011 file photo, co-workers, from left: Leon Peck; Kristin Baldwin; Mike Barth; New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega; Tracy Sussman; John Kutey; Gabrielle Mahar, and

    Posted: 5/17/2013 4:14:09 PM EST
    FILE - In this March 31, 2011 file photo, co-workers, from left: Leon Peck; Kristin Baldwin; Mike Barth; New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega; Tracy Sussman; John Kutey; Gabrielle Mahar, and John Hilton cut a cake that is a replica of their $319 Mega Millions winning lottery ticket during a news conference in Schenectady, N.Y. Work pools for big jackpots are often fraught with controversy, resulting in lawsuits, broken friendships and worse: delayed payouts. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
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              Convenience store clerk Stacy Green reaches for cash from a customer as he pays for his Powerball tickets in Baltimore, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. There have been no Powerball winners si

    Convenience store clerk Stacy Green reaches for cash from a customer as he pays for his Powerball tickets in Baltimore, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. There have been no Powerball winners si

    Posted: 11/29/2012 1:53:38 AM EST
    Convenience store clerk Stacy Green reaches for cash from a customer as he pays for his Powerball tickets in Baltimore, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. There have been no Powerball winners since Oct. 6, and the jackpot has grown into the second highest in lottery history, behind only the $656 million Mega Millions prize in March. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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              Store clerk Keyur Patel pulls a Powerball ticket that was dispensed from a machine in a convenience store in Baltimore, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. There have been no Powerball winners si

    Store clerk Keyur Patel pulls a Powerball ticket that was dispensed from a machine in a convenience store in Baltimore, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. There have been no Powerball winners si

    Posted: 11/28/2012 3:08:30 PM EST
    Store clerk Keyur Patel pulls a Powerball ticket that was dispensed from a machine in a convenience store in Baltimore, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. There have been no Powerball winners since Oct. 6, and the jackpot has grown into the second highest in lottery history, behind only the $656 million Mega Millions prize in March. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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              A crowd of people line up outside the Arizona Last Stop convenience store and souvenir shop to buy Powerball tickets, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in White Hills, Ariz. There has been no Pow

    A crowd of people line up outside the Arizona Last Stop convenience store and souvenir shop to buy Powerball tickets, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in White Hills, Ariz. There has been no Pow

    Posted: 11/28/2012 11:33:28 AM EST
    A crowd of people line up outside the Arizona Last Stop convenience store and souvenir shop to buy Powerball tickets, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in White Hills, Ariz. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6, and the jackpot already has reached a record level for the game. Already over $500 million, it is the second-highest jackpot in lottery history, behind only the $656 million Mega Millions prize in March. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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              A crowd of people line up outside the Arizona Last Stop convenience store and souvenir shop to buy Powerball tickets, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in White Hills, Ariz. There has been no Pow

    A crowd of people line up outside the Arizona Last Stop convenience store and souvenir shop to buy Powerball tickets, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in White Hills, Ariz. There has been no Pow

    Posted: 11/28/2012 3:18:35 AM EST
    A crowd of people line up outside the Arizona Last Stop convenience store and souvenir shop to buy Powerball tickets, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in White Hills, Ariz. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6, and the jackpot already has reached a record level for the game. Already over $500 million, it is the second-highest jackpot in lottery history, behind only the $656 million Mega Millions prize in March. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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              A customer buys three Powerball tickets at a local supermarket in Hialeah, Fla.,Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6, and the jackpot already has reac

    A customer buys three Powerball tickets at a local supermarket in Hialeah, Fla.,Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6, and the jackpot already has reac

    Posted: 11/28/2012 3:18:35 AM EST
    A customer buys three Powerball tickets at a local supermarket in Hialeah, Fla.,Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6, and the jackpot already has reached a record level for the game. Already over $500 million, it is the second-highest jackpot in lottery history, behind only the $656 million Mega Millions prize in March. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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              Maria Diaz, right, sells a customer Powerball tickets at a local supermarket in Hialeah, Fla.,Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6, and the jackpot al

    Maria Diaz, right, sells a customer Powerball tickets at a local supermarket in Hialeah, Fla.,Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6, and the jackpot al

    Posted: 11/28/2012 3:18:35 AM EST
    Maria Diaz, right, sells a customer Powerball tickets at a local supermarket in Hialeah, Fla.,Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6, and the jackpot already has reached a record level for the game. Already over $500 million, it is the second-highest jackpot in lottery history, behind only the $656 million Mega Millions prize in March. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
  •  - Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winners in Red Bud

    Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winners in Red Bud

    Posted: 4/18/2012 6:09:27 PM EST
    Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler (R) and his wife Patricia pose with their check along with Red Bud Mayor Tim Lowry (L) and Illinois Lottery superintendent Michael Jones during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Illinois Lottery/Handout
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    Posted: 4/18/2012 6:05:47 PM EST
    Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Ill., appear during a news conference at the Red Bud Village Hall on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Red Bud, Ill. The retired southern Illinois couple has claimed the third and final share of last month's record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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    Posted: 4/18/2012 6:05:47 PM EST
    Merle and Patricia Butler, of Red Bud, Ill., pose with a novelty check during a news conference at the Red Bud Village Hall on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Red Bud, Ill. The retired southern Illinois couple has claimed the third and final share of last month's record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
  •  - A resident reads about the Mega Millions lottery winner in Red Bud

    A resident reads about the Mega Millions lottery winner in Red Bud

    Posted: 4/18/2012 4:34:53 PM EST
    Roderick Groetecke reads a newspaper clipping about the winner of the Mega Millions lottery during a picnic held by the Illinois State Lottery following a press conference at Red Bud City Hall, Illinois April 18, 2012. A retired couple described as "good people" by residents of this picturesque Illinois town claimed their one-third share of a record $656 million Mega Millions lottery prize on Wednesday, saying they would invest most of the money. The winning couple, Merle and Patricia Butler, married for 41 years, have lived all their lives in Red Bud, a tidy farming and manufacturing community of 3,700 people in southern Illinois, named for the trees that tower all over town. REUTERS/Sarah Conard (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
  •  - Residents wait to see the Mega Millions lottery winner in Red Bud

    Residents wait to see the Mega Millions lottery winner in Red Bud

    Posted: 4/18/2012 4:30:17 PM EST
    Residents wait outside City Hall in hopes of seeing the Mega Millions lottery winner in Red Bud, Illinois April 18, 2012. A retired couple described as "good people" by residents of this picturesque Illinois town claimed their one-third share of a record $656 million Mega Millions lottery prize on Wednesday, saying they would invest most of the money. The winning couple, Merle and Patricia Butler, married for 41 years, have lived all their lives in Red Bud, a tidy farming and manufacturing community of 3,700 people in southern Illinois, named for the trees that tower all over town. REUTERS/Sarah Conard (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
  •  - Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winners in Red Bud

    Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winners in Red Bud

    Posted: 4/18/2012 4:09:51 PM EST
    Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler (R) and his wife Patricia pose with their check along with Red Bud Mayor Tim Lowry (L) and Illinois Lottery superintendent Michael Jones during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. The retired couple described as "good people" by residents of this picturesque Illinois town claimed their one-third share of a record $656 million Mega Millions lottery prize on Wednesday, saying they would invest most of the money. The winning couple, Merle and Patricia Butler, married for 41 years, have lived all their lives in Red Bud, a tidy farming and manufacturing community of 3,700 people in southern Illinois, named for the trees that tower all over town. REUTERS/Illinois Lottery/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
  •  - Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winner in Red Bud

    Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winner in Red Bud

    Posted: 4/18/2012 4:09:13 PM EST
    Handout image courtesy of the Illinois Lottery shows Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler speaking during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. A retired couple described as "good people" by residents of this picturesque Illinois town claimed their one-third share of a record $656 million Mega Millions lottery prize on Wednesday, saying they would invest most of the money. The winning couple, Merle and Patricia Butler, married for 41 years, have lived all their lives in Red Bud, a tidy farming and manufacturing community of 3,700 people in southern Illinois, named for the trees that tower all over town. REUTERS/Illinois Lottery/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
  •  - Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winners in Red Bud

    Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winners in Red Bud

    Posted: 4/18/2012 4:04:17 PM EST
    Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler (R) and his wife Patricia pose with their check along with Red Bud Mayor Tim Lowry (L) and Illinois Lottery superintendent Michael Jones during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Illinois Lottery/Handout
  •  - Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winners in Red Bud

    Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winners in Red Bud

    Posted: 4/18/2012 3:56:53 PM EST
    Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler (R) and his wife Patricia pose with their check along with Red Bud Mayor Tim Lowry (L) and Illinois Lottery superintendent Michael Jones during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. The retired couple described as "good people" by residents of this picturesque Illinois town claimed their one-third share of a record $656 million Mega Millions lottery prize on Wednesday, saying they would invest most of the money. The winning couple, Merle and Patricia Butler, married for 41 years, have lived all their lives in Red Bud, a tidy farming and manufacturing community of 3,700 people in southern Illinois, named for the trees that tower all over town. REUTERS/Illinois Lottery/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
  •  - Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winner in Red Bud

    Handout photo of Mega Millions lottery winner in Red Bud

    Posted: 4/18/2012 3:56:02 PM EST
    Handout image courtesy of the Illinois Lottery shows Mega Millions Jackpot winner Merle Butler speaking during a press conference at Red Bud City Hall in Red Bud, Illinois, April 18, 2012. A retired couple described as "good people" by residents of this picturesque Illinois town claimed their one-third share of a record $656 million Mega Millions lottery prize on Wednesday, saying they would invest most of the money. The winning couple, Merle and Patricia Butler, married for 41 years, have lived all their lives in Red Bud, a tidy farming and manufacturing community of 3,700 people in southern Illinois, named for the trees that tower all over town. REUTERS/Illinois Lottery/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS